DESIGNER BABIES? OH, BRAVE NEW WORLD

Designer Babies — One Clinic Says the Future is Here & Now

March 03, 2009 2:52 PM

 

One of the interesting things about the uproar over designer babies…over picking eye color and hair color…is that in one sense it’s already happening.  When couples enter into financial agreements for egg donation they are often presented with options — would you prefer if your donor has a certain height, eye color, educational background  — the hope being that a certain trait will be handed down.
 
The latest wrinkle to all this involves a fertility clinic in New York and Los Angeles that says in the next 6 months they will be able to offer prospective parents the chance to pick eye and hair color of their infant.  Now, the disclaimer is that it’s not 100 percent, they are promising to greatly increase the odds of achieving your wants.  But nonetheless the pitch is sparking controversy.
 
Ethicists have been quick to chime in with a warning:  First eye color then what?  Will we be modifying  intelligence?  What if you don’t get the mix of smarts and looks that you wanted?  It’s all a slippery slope.
 
Dr. Jeff Steinberg heads the clinic that is making the latest promise.  “Genetic health is the wave of the future”, he told the New York Daily News which broke the story this morning.  “It’s already happening and it’s not going to go away.”
 
Nm_embryo_080512_main We have reached out to several geneticists and fertility experts today to ask the simple question:  Possible?
There was some difference in opinions, but generally it seems it is conceivable that the clinic can do what it’s promising.  No one knows for sure what this doctor has worked up.  That would require peer reviewable research.  But it seems that – in general – the understanding of genes has advanced to the point where yes, it is possible that a doctor is on the verge of achieving this.
 
Whatever the state of the science is today, it seems that society needs to work out – right now – where we stand on this.  Laws need to updated to reflect the reality.  The future is closer than many think.
 
RELATED LINK:
“FERTILITY DOCTOR WILL LET PARENTS BUILD OWN BABY”:   http://abcnews.go.com/Health/story?id=6998135&page=1
 
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Yes, brave new world exactly, as this ABC News report indicates.
 
Parents playing God?
 
Would there be a sub-population of so-called Perfect people? And what would constitute them as being perfect? Would we have a population designated and marginalized to perpetual servitude because they have features different from the dominant group? (As if this has not already happened in America already.)  Because as anyone who knows their science fiction —-in the future, Black people will no longer exist.
 
Except in the novels of the late, great Octavia Butler.
 
1.
Kindred by Octavia E. Butler (Hardcover – Feb 1, 2009)
4.6 out of 5 stars
(231)
 


2.
Lilith’s Brood by Octavia E. Butler (Paperback – Jun 1, 2000)
4.5 out of 5 stars
(48)


3.
Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. Butler (Paperback – Jan 1, 2000)
4.2 out of 5 stars
(121)
 
 
4.
Parable of the Talents by Octavia E. Butler (Paperback – Jan 1, 2000)
4.5 out of 5 stars
(63)
 
 
5.
Dawn (Xenogenesis, Bk. 1) by Octavia E. Butler (Mass Market Paperback – Apr 1, 1997)
4.4 out of 5 stars
(61)
 
6.
Seed to Harvest by Octavia E. Butler (Paperback – Jan 5, 2007)
4.7 out of 5 stars
(12)
 
7.
Fledgling by Octavia E. Butler (Paperback – Jan 2, 2007)
4.3 out of 5 stars
(94)
 
8.
Wild Seed by Octavia E. Butler (Paperback – Apr 1, 2001)
4.7 out of 5 stars
(82)
 
9.
Bloodchild and Other Stories: Second Edition by Octavia E. Butler (Paperback – Oct 1, 2005)
4.3 out of 5 stars
(10)
 
10.
Mind of My Mind by Octavia E. Butler (Mass Market Paperback – Aug 1, 1994)
4.8 out of 5 stars
(35)
It has been a while since I have read “Brave New World”:
 
 
1.
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley (Paperback – Oct 17, 2006)
4.2 out of 5 stars (739)
 
 
Not to mention George Orwells’ “1984”:
 
 
2.
1984: 60th-Anniversary Edition (Plume) by George Orwell and Erich Fromm (Paperback – April 1, 1983)
4.6 out of 5 stars (1,382)
 
 
And it would not hurt to re-visit the following movies, “Gattaca”  (which is an acronym on the building blocks of molecular biology/DNA of the four nucleic acids —-[adenosine, guanine, cytosine, and thymine=gattaca], the genetic code which is written using four “letters”, G,A, T, and C, each of which represents a molecule known as a nulceotide), and “A.I.”,  that also spoke of a brave new world of perfect people where that which is imperfect (Black people, native peoples—anyone outside the so-called norm), were no where to be found in the future:
 
 
2.
A.I. – Artificial Intelligence (Widescreen Two-Disc Special Edition) ~ Haley Joel Osment, Jude Law, Frances O’Connor, and Sam Robards (DVD – Mar 5, 2002)
3.4 out of 5 stars (1,240)

 

1.
Gattaca (Special Edition) ~ Xander Berkeley, Ernest Borgnine, Jayne Brook, and Loren Dean (DVD – Mar 11, 2008)
4.6 out of 5 stars (399)
 

 

Time to re-read these classics, as well as view again those movies, and prepare for the future.
 
Genetic engineering.
The future is upon us, more than many of us wish to accept.

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5 responses to “DESIGNER BABIES? OH, BRAVE NEW WORLD

  1. I saw segment about this on ABC news. They added that parents will even be able to choose the SKIN COLOR of their child. I’m not against reproductive technology, but this is going too far.

  2. La Reyna

    We all know that this is happening. White people want to create an overclass of blond/blue people to rule over the Black/multiracial Black class. They’ve planned this for decades. Eugenics isn’t dead, it was just given a new name after WWII. It’s called genetic engineering.

    White folks never want to cease being white, so they find ways to perpetrate themselves and their dominance. They fear Black power and strength(Frances Cress Welsing wrote this extensively in her classic, The Isis Papers).

    It’s going to get worse as they find genes to eliminate. That means, us Blacks. We need to fight this racist menance.

    La Reyna

    • Ann

      @ La Reyna

      “It’s going to get worse as they find genes to eliminate. That means, us Blacks.”

      Yep.

      It is Black people that face the greatest genetic annihilation in America—-moreso than White people.

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