This is all very interesting and thought provoking. I think this technology could play a rather interesting role in the future if and when it is developed. Are/will people using/use this technology for cosmetic reasons? Yes. But I think the possibility of pre-diagnosing illnesses such as Austism and Down Syndrome would be such a great thing because then families who might have to deal with those illnesses won’t have to. Does the possibility of misuse overshadow the possibility of affecting countless families for the better? Because there are so many negatives as well as positives, it does makes the topic of designer babies kind of hard to decipher.
Genetics is transforming the way in which people look at the world and at themselves. Never before have humans had the ability to intervene in the processes of life at such a basic level. The benefits, such as feeding the hungry and fighting disease, are obvious. The dangers—increased social inequality and maybe even the creation of a new species that will be stronger, smarter, healthier, and longer-lived than human beings—are equally apparent. The Age of Genetics is full of both promise and peril.