by AVI VINCE
The pregnancy/baby debate is an ongoing cycle of theories and opinions. If science and society aren’t commenting on how and when you should consummate (you want my leg where?), they are talking about what and how you should eat, drink, workout and look during your pregnancy. Then there is how to pop it out (again, you want my leg where?), breastfeeding or bottle and a further twenty five years of conflicting advice on how to best raise them.
So why not add one more log of word to the fire pit?
Would you genetically modify your baby?
I’m not talking about blue eyes vs. brown eyes, or blonde vs. brunette. I’m talking about the recent laws that may be changed in the UK.
Reported in newspapers this week, UK scientists are offering up the change to have a guaranteed healthy baby. This is a baby that wouldn’t have any of your (the parents) harmful genes that would put them at risk of hereditary diseases.
In simple terms, it means when their GP asks, “Any history of hereditary disease in your family?” they can say, “Yes, but not for me.”
What’s the catch?
To remove your harmful DNA, scientists need a third parent. The recipe for a genetically disease free bub calls not only for you egg mixed with his sperm, but an additional donated egg thrown into the mixing bowl. More scientifically, whatever bad DNA you and your partner have gets removed and replaced (using the donated egg) with healthy DNA. And bang, fresh out of the oven, your baby won’t have your or his hereditary diseases.
Genetically modifying babies… Is this a good idea?