Eugenics: Super-Babies

Friday, January 23, 2009
Since the first test-tube baby’s birth, Louise Brown, test-tube babies are already being accepted by many people throughout the world today. Indeed, such mystery turned to technology. As of this, it has seen that merely 30 years from now, artificial wombs and human embryos experimented and grown in laboratories are commonly practiced and widely accepted in the society. Some of these improvements include:

- Newborns and 100-year-olds alike could have children. Infertility will be eradicated.

- Labs will be able to generate sperm and eggs for anybody.

- Human embryos will be made from sperm and egg cells derived from pluripotent stem cells (the kind that can develop into any of the body's cell types).

- Fetuses will freely float in artificial placentas or uteruses of fluid, with umbilical cords attached to machines.

- "Genetic cassettes" will be inserted at the embryonic stage to correct diseases such as Huntington's.

- Since embryos will be grown in labs, mutations to embryos could be corrected and improvements could be engineered. Yet there will be no "Designer Babies" because no single gene is that predictive of a "perfect" child.

- In vitro fertilization (IVF) will become as cheap as $100 and available for women in developing countries and those who are socially shunned or harmed because they are infertile.
(excerpted from “Making Babies: The Next 30 Years," in the July 16, 2008 issue of the journal Nature)

Along with these predictions, we cannot deny that there are ethical issues concerning about this…

Firstly, it is likely that with this technology people can select what kind of baby they wanted, would it be a baby boy or a baby girl, thus, if they don’t want the gender of baby for example, they’ll probably discard it which is just similar to abortion.

Secondly, as of the following verses taken from the bible, does the test-tube baby have a soul?

Isaiah 44:2, 21, 24: ” the prophet Isaiah says, “Thus says the LORD who made you and formed you from the womb, I have formed you, Thus says the LORD, your Redeemer, and the one who formed you from the womb, I, the LORD, am the maker of all things, stretching out the heavens by Myself and spreading out the earth all alone.”

Psalm 139:13-16:
“For You formed my inward parts; You wove me in my mother’s womb. I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; wonderful are Your works, and my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from You, when I was made in secret, and skillfully wrought in the depths of the earth; Your eyes have seen my unformed substance; and in Your book were all written the days that were ordained for me, when as yet there was not one of them.”

Psalm 119:73 says, “Your hands made me and fashioned me.”


Since, this is one of the future technologies that would be much prevalent in the next years, what is your stand on this technology?

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