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Dec 11, 2012 (4 years and 9 months ago)

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Why I Love Designer Babies


By Kathryn M. Hinsch

Clinical Faculty, UW School of Public Health


Perhaps I should say I love the topic of designer babies, which is why I was pleased to read Gautam
Naik’s provocative article, “A Baby, Please. Blond, Freckles


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Bannin
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Should we ban it? The use of this technology is currently not prohibited in the US, Russia, and
China. While many countries are currently considering legislation that would ban genetic modification of
children, it has been fully banned in 44 countries
around the world, including Germany, France, Italy,
Australia, Canada, Brazil, Costa Rica and Japan.


Regulating
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Should we regulate the technology to allow only certain applications? Many believe there
may be acceptable uses of genetic modification in t
he future, but want to be sure that appropriate
limitations are set, through government or other oversight, to ensure safe and ethical use. Should we
regulate any proposed form of genetic engineering if, when widespread, it has a harmful effect on
individu
als and society? If so, who determines what that threshold is?


Promoting


Should we promote the widespread use of this technology? Some believe that genetic
modification holds tremendous promise for preventing genetic diseases and that society should pu
rsue
policies to promote or encourage its use in the future, despite what other sideline “designer” applications
are developed as a result.


It’s time to get the conversation going. What are your thoughts?


For more information on the topic read “Human G
ermline Genetic Modification: Issues
and Options for Policymakers”
http://www.dnapolicy.org/pub.reports.php?action=detail&report_id=3