People come in many shapes and sizes and in one of two genders (normally), but until now they’ve never been ‘designer’ – that is they may well wear designer clothes, carry designer handbags (my one vice I have to admit!) or even be a ‘designer’ (for the web, graphics, fashion etc…. ), but designer baby…….. where has that come from.
I can only imagine how a parent must feel when faced with the knowledge that they may pass on an inherited disease to their children, and I can also well imagine why it would be an easy decision to make (when you have the choice) to choose only those potential babies who are free from a particular disorder by a technique called Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD). But, where does it end?
This is not a diatribe against those who choose to have this treatment, simply an observation that maybe illness, death and disease might be a human ‘natural predator’ – let’s face it, unlike other animals, we have none (except ourselves). In other words these are some of the very things that help to keep a balance in the world. Isn’t it interesting that as soon as one disease is ‘eradicated’ another arises to take it’s place!