Geneticists have been on the verge for some time now, through genetic modifications, of being able to choose the physical characteristics of their children. Want a baby with sandy blond hair, blue eyes, six feet tall? Soon this will be a real option. Now firm in China claim they can even modify characteristics that will affect a child’s IQ.
We are living in an age where technology is almost obsolete by the time it hits the open market. With amazing speed and ingenuity, the things that can be done in a laboratory are absolutely staggering, and that’s just the stuff made public!
How do you feel about the prospects of being able to modify your child’s genes for cosmetic enhancement? What about modifications for something less vain than personal appearance, like IQ, or maybe athleticism or resistance to certain cancers or disease?
Would the reason for the modification make a difference? Is this ethical regardless of the reason?
If the cost of the process were of no consequence, and the health and safety of the child and mother were not compromised, would you ‘engineer’ your child?