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In the last century there has been a veritable explosion of new revelations discoveries and understandings that dwarf the accomplishments of the great scientists of the past and peers deeply into a new universe that they could only postulate about The study of life on earth has made particularly amazing progress with the exploration of infinitesimally small worlds like the inner workings of the human genome It is when science approaches the very building blocks of life that it comes dangerously near crossing a line into the unethical As medical technology advances and opens new windows into bioengineering the genes of developing human embryos governments across the world must strive to create and protect good legislation that protects defines and ensures human health and progress while protecting free will the rights of parents and children to be born Genetic engineering and designer babies--embryos which are genetically altered so that they are born with or without certain characteristics--are issues surrounded by controversy Religious right-wingers have suggested that bioengineering is playing God and many people have even gone so far as to say that genetic screening of embryos takes away the gift of life Most world religions believe that childbirth is a sacred thing or holy event They argue that the creation of a unique individual is the job of nobody but the divine Creator whichever Creator they choose to believe in These arguments however are against a shortsighted definition of designer babies and an incorrect assumption about prenatal genetic engineering In 2002 in the United States alone 10687 infants died due to birth defects--the number one cause of infant mortality in that country CDC Indeed genetic engineering is the beginning of the end of many horrible birth defects that mutilate or kill hundreds of thousands of infants each year When debating the ethics of genetic engineering it is crucial to consider the multitude of procedures that are already available that can accomplish things
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