Morality of Genetic Modification


I really enjoyed the movie Gattaca because of the idea of having the ability to engineer a child to be almost physically perfect. When this movie was made, the ability for genetic engineering was just a thought; however, it is now a legitimate possibility. But as with most advances in medicine, this topic is extremely controversial. If a child were to be genetically modified, it would not be done in the womb. By  having a child naturally, maternal and paternal instincts are more intense; therefore the family unit itself is strong. Which is more moral: knowing that a child may have some genetic disease that is seriously debilitating or deadly and being able to stop it or taking away the natural way of things such as familial love and relationship?


3 Responses to “Morality of Genetic Modification”

  1. lmaple2013 Says:

    I agree with the second part of this analysis, because I believe that if people resorted to choosing the healthiest child, it would break the maternal and paternal bonds. I think this would be unhealthy and the movie more suggests that natural born children have the same ablilities that a “test tube” baby would.

  2. chrisjohnson09 Says:

    but why would it break the bonds why can’t u engineer the child because it is still your genes. It is just a matter of taking the best of you and giving your child the best chance possible.

  3. chrisjohnson09 Says:

    what is so wrong with having a child that is the best of yourself and giving them the absolute best opportunity possible. that is what every single parent hopes to do.

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