BRAVE NEW BABIES

 Instructions Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis can be used to test for genotypic vulnerability to diseases as well as many other traits. Embryos can be genetically tested prior to implantation into the uterus to help screen for undesirable characteristics. Most would agree that it seems reasonable to use such a procedure in cases where there is a high likelihood of genetic transmission of a fatal disease. On the other hand, most people are uncomfortable with the idea of genetically designing the ‘ideal’ offspring. For a general introduction to this issue, read the following article: http://www.newsweek.com/brave-new-babies-125951 For this assignment, you should answer the question: Where should the line be drawn for preimplantation genetic diagnosis? Do some research. Address what is possible at this point in time and make a case for what should and shouldn’t be allowed. The write-up should be roughly 400-500 words, typed, double-spaced (much less than that is probably not enough to make a strong, comprehensive argument; much more than that is excessive for current purposes). The assignments are marked with particular attention paid to the following: the quality of the background research and how effectively it is used to back up the arguments, the originality of the arguments, and the quality of writing. Include a list of all references (book and journal citations, etc.) 

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