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Fertility clinic backs down from allowing cosmetic ‘design’ of babies

Saturday, 7 March, 2009

The Fertility Institutes LA, an American IVF clinic that recently announced that it would be offering parents the opportunity to use preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) to select hair and eye pigmentation, has decided not to go ahead with this (excepting for selecting against albinism). The reason? Public opinion, of course.

[W]e […] feel that any benefit the diagnostic studies may offer are far outweighed by the apparent negative societal impacts involved.

A total shame, to let the public pressure decide what sort of children people can or can’t have. With all the cries that selecting one’s babies will lead to a situation like that portrayed in Gattaca, nobody seems to realise that the situation portrayed in that movie — public coercion to have a particular sort of baby — is already happening. The only difference is the ‘sort’ of baby that parents are being pushed, by social pressures, to have.

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4 comments

  1. I think it’s terrible that the situation in Gattaca is regarded as such a negative thing. Sure, the main character was (nearly) stopped from living his dream by the system – but imagine how many others would have gone unnoticed in the absence of the technology to automatically recognize their potential.


  2. […] babies, eugenics, libertarian, political theory, transhumanism — Brad Taylor @ 3:41 pm From Human Enhancement and Biopolitics: With all the cries that selecting one’s babies will lead to a situation like that portrayed […]


  3. I think it’s terrible that the situation in Gattaca is regarded as such a negative thing.

    Oh, I could go on and on about that. I don’t think very highly of the movie, to say the least. But, perhaps that’s for another blog entry, another time.

    imagine how many others would have gone unnoticed in the absence of the technology to automatically recognize their potential.

    Very true! And, in addition, the technology used to select the best children possible would have led to many more people born with a notable potential for something good in life.


  4. I think that if nowadays the science can give her this kind of social benefits, why you don’t want to give her this advantage?



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