While the notion of humans experimenting with human biology has appeared throughout history in various fictions and speculations, the 1990s heralded the appearance of the designer baby
in cultural discourse, a term commonly employed in the mass media to describe the conception of infants according to particular parental and medical standards.
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They weren't looking for a "designer baby
" so much as a close approximation of the homegrown variety.
He said he had simply changed the odds in his favour and the tag "designer baby
" was just a school playground-style insult.
The problem arises when doctors want to go a step further and intervene to create an infant with just the right set of genes to help treat a brother or sister of the baby - effectively, creating a 'designer baby
In March, it emerged that the NHS was to fund fertility treatment to help create a "designer baby
" to save a child with a rare blood disorder.
Want a designer baby
? Michael West of Advanced Cell Technology says that biologists are dreaming of editing the sequence of DNA "the way you can a document on a word processor." Other scientists are exulting about merging the human race with machines, creating a form of immortality.
The birth of Jamie has been billed as Britain's first "designer baby
," but Lana Rechitsky, MD of RGI said that description is completely wrong.
Many people would see deliberately creating deaf babies as a perverse manifestation of what they consider a broader "designer baby
A COUPLE today spoke out against the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority's decision not to grant a licence allowing doctors to create a "designer baby
" to help save their seriously ill son.
The study carries an exploratory nature and was conducted with the participation of (n=29) students where they were asked to answer three questions: (a) How do you think a "designer baby
" is made?
A FURTHER six British couples want permission to create a "designer baby
" to save another sibling's life, it emerged yesterday.