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How about this one women points to a baby profile on the screen Ugh Its got my sea green eyes but your sub-average intelligence Ive told you our child must be genetically designed to suit the family law practice It will be created to serve a pre-programmed purpose It will be tailored like an inadequate garment to suit your needs And it is to be your child Such a scenario sounds as if it has been taken from a futuristic science-fiction horror plot enough to make any loving parent convulse with disgust But to societys dismay the practice of designing children has already become reality These designer babies are children who have been reproduced through external intervention in order to ensure that parents are satisfied with certain characteristics In the late 1970s eugenicist Robert K Graham compiled the Depository of Germinal Choice a genius sperm bank from Nobel Prize winners Intending to minimize the incompetents and imbeciles that were swamping the intelligent by increasing the number of brilliant offspring he sold it to female members of the high IQ society Mensa And that form of selective breeding was established more than 20 years ago Science has now made it possible for parents to not only choose the donor but also to genetically screen the embryos of the couple Those that will develop into a baby with traits such as eye and hair colour that do not satiate parental tastes are then eliminated With the rapidly advancing technology it is only logical to extrapolate that we will soon be able to genetically modify embryos as we would our food After all we customize the options on our vehicles our houses and any other major investment Why not our kids Surely it is thrilling to play God with creation One has the power to zap embryos that have a glitch or even embryos that will grow up with the wrong shade of hair However just how ethical
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