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They are discussing the topic of "designer babies
" on the news where embryos are genetically modified before putting in the mother.
Asked whether the report's public policy guidelines would rule out parents choosing traits such as being tall or having blond hair or blue eyes, she added: "No we don't rule that out." But two key conditions could limit the creation of designer babies
Prof Charpentier said she shared concerns of critics who have raised the spectre of "designer babies
Prof Charpentier, director of the Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology, in Berlin, said: "I'm worried about the use of the technology for editing human germ lines and designer babies
. There is so far not really an example where it would make sense to work on the human germ line.
are relatively crude and will not in and of themselves create socalled designer babies
," she said.
Critics say the technique will lead to the creation of genetically modified "designer babies
Several television documentaries have also appeared, meant to explain the ethical and medical issues involved in designing children to a popular audience (Who's Afraid of Designer Babies
, Frontline: Making Babies, Designer Babies
: the Genetic Revolution).
BLOOD MATTERS: FROM INHERITED ILLNESS TO DESIGNER BABIES
, HOW THE WORLD AND I FOUND OURSELVES IN THE FUTURE OF THE GENE tells of genetics using the author's foundation of experience as the starting point.
But the move has been slammed by critics, who claim it is the first step to creating "designer babies
GOVERNMENT plans to overhaul the law on embryo research will allow scientists to take the first steps towards creating designer babies
, campaigners warned yesterday.
Health Minister Caroline Flint said allowing parents to pick sex for reasons such as 'balancing' the make-up of their family could be the start of a 'slippery slope' to designer babies