How will the first ever 'gene-edited' baby impact our future?
Designer babies will have an edge over normal babies.
In November 2018, a Chinese scientist made news by announcing that he had created the world’s first genetically edited babies with a technology called CRISPR. China has recently confirmed the discovery after an investigation.
Human embryos whose genetic make-up — DNA — has been altered to produce desirable traits are called designer babies.
This feat will pose fresh ethical challenges. Firstly, will bringing designer babies divide society?
Secondly, if yes — how?
Designer babies will have a clear edge over normal babies.
It will create a new hierarchy among humans.
1. Gene editing is also expected to increase life expectancy. Especially when you can you remove genes that are related to diseases and illnesses.
2. It also raises the ethical question of consent. In the sense, parents can alter the life of a child. And the person has no control over this.
3. We don’t know the full dangers of gene-editing yet. But according to the scientists, genes have more than one use. Removing a particular gene might affect other traits. Mistakes or accidents could even alter the entire gene pool of a species.
What if you don’t want your baby to be of a particular colour? What lengths will you go to make your baby more advanced than others? Such dilemmas will haunt us in the future.