Statistics and Pro’s and Con’s of Having a Designer Baby
Related For around $12,400, a couple can use in vitro fertilization and choose whether to implant a male or female embryo in the mother's womb.
Nearly 8 million babies are born every year with a birth defect. In this number, around 3.2 million of the infants grow up and live disabled. Furthermore, in the United States alone, birth defect statistics claim that these in-born abnormalities are the leading cause of infant mortality in America. Given this fact, many expectant parents are asking, “Where do these defects come from?” What are the common birth defects? How can we make sure that our baby comes out strong and healthy? Nevertheless, birth defect statistics
Say that about half of these cases happen with causes unknown. Now with being able to choose certain genes and playing around with the DNA of your unborn child, these “birth defects” can be easily avoided according to some doctors.
Pros of Designer Babies
Genetic screening can reduce the baby's chances of being born with several serious diseases like Down Syndrome, Famial hypercholesterolemia, rare blood disorders such as Diamond Blackfan Anaemia, etc. Adam Nash was the world's first known designer baby born by the revolutionary pre-implantation process in the year 2000. Scientists genetically selected his embryo so that he would possess the right cells to save his dying sister's life. His sister suffered from Fanconi's anaemia (blood disorder), and mostly the chances of Adam getting that disorder was also very high. An embryo was chosen, which did not have Fanconi's anaemia. Adam became a donor to his sister, which doubled her chances of survival. Same was the case with Charlie Whitaker, who suffered from Diamond Blackfan Anaemia. His parents wanted to have a designer baby to save Charlie's life. Since they were denied the right in UK, they went to US to have their baby. In 2003, Charlie's baby brother was born and the stem cells from...