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Pre-order your baby’s genes

 
Genetic research could help us weed out defects, but is it “playing God”?
By Marlon Abrahams
Article originally in Parent24
The year is 2025, it’s a balmy summer’s evening and Mr. and Mrs. Future have just stepped out of their private, separate fornication chambers. They wear special visors attached to a computer application that simulates incredible sex with each other, guaranteeing the best orgasms, without actually getting naked or touching each other. After this particular session, both Mr. and Mrs. Future have decided it’s time to have a baby. So naturally, off they go to the local reproduction facility to pre-order their baby. They both make deposits of their own DNA. After a few follow up meetings with the reproduction facility and a few more DNA samples and possibly a sperm and egg deposit, they’re ready to wait for their impending new born, which will arrive a mere 3 months after being ordered.

No I have not been smoking my socks again, I’ve just read another article in the Telegraph which claims that babies, unborn babies as young as 18-weeks-old, can now be tested for up to 3 500 faults.

Goodbye sadness, madness and illness

This new development in science and medicine now means that you can practically guarantee that your baby will have little or no “defects”- you know, pesky little afflictions like autism or schizophrenia and other interesting hereditary issues like, oh I don’t know, a penchant for alcoholism or drug abuse or even serial killer potential.

The upside is that we are indeed evolving into a species that is more and more able to manipulate its future generations. The argument is usually that the future newborns will be healthier, stronger, smarter etc.

The actual act of intercourse is pretty disgusting if you take away the pleasure aspect, which is probably why it feels so good, ‘cos if it wasn’t good, no one would procreate. But as we become more enlightened we’re probably going to end up getting our rocks off as I described. In the same way we’d find novel ways of reproducing. Whether these new developments are good or bad for us as a species, only time will tell. However, it seems a good bet that that’s the way we’re heading.

Don’t throw out the ethics with the Petri dish

Already all kinds of pressure groups are sounding out warnings about the ethical and religious implications of having these tests and “playing God” over whether to continue a “defective” pregnancy or to abort it.

But, what can you do? You can’t stop the future it seems. And what about parents of special needs kids and special needs kids themselves, not to mention those afflicted with hereditary issues like heart disease, alcoholism etc. I had a special needs adult comment on one of my articles that he would have preferred never to have been born than to live a life like he is now. Makes you think, doesn’t it?

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Which would you prefer? Weeding out the defective elements in our make-up? Or rolling the dice and taking what you get?

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