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Designer Babies are Here

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/life_and_style/health/article4232383.ece

Apparently this woman decided to screen her embryos for an inherited gene that COULD lead to breast cancer.  The reporter says the baby is guaranteed to be breast cancer free, however, I find that VERY inaccurate.  Based on the article itself, the gene accounts for 5% of the 44,000 cases of breast cancer each year in Britain, so how can this “guarantee” a cancer free baby?  It can’t, and in the process, embryos three days old were destroyed.  I find this disturbing, and sickening.  To destroy embryos because you are afraid your child MAY develop breast cancer, a treatable disease, with still only a small chance of ever showing up, is reprehensible.  The mother stated how hard it was to see her sister-in-law go through cancer, and I understand that.  I’ve seen the affects of terminal cancer, it’s horrible, however, to pick and choose embryos to minimize the chance of cancer doesn’t do anything but cost money, pull resources from more important research, destroy life, and begin the path down a slippery slope to creating “designer” babies.  Where does it end?

Yes, I’ll take a large fry, two cheesburgers, and a baby; male, blond hair, blue eyes, 6 foot 1 inches tall, without any defects…

Thanks, but no thanks.  I’ll leave the creation of babies to God.  Our son was born with a heart defect that required open heart surgery, and I would NEVER wish for another son to replace him.  I would rather go through the pain of what we went through again, than give him up for another son without any defects.  Bryce’s scars are going to be part of his story, and it’s made us stronger as a family.

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  1. June 29, 2008 at 2:50 pm

    I wonder if this baby free of cancer or free of breast cancer.

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