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Could you possibly have the perfect child?

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We see a lot of things you can change about yourself physically like your hair, your skin color, your eye color, nails, clothes, lips, etc.  Can it go so far to changing DNA?  Apparently, yes it can.  In the book The Year of the Flood we see how you can genetically change and how research now can actually make it happen.

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In Atwood’s book, we see that there are many things that can be changed but one of the major ones is DNA.  Throughout the book, DNA changes can be the babies so they can have a “perfect child”, the Crakers, etc.  This has now become a reality.  You will soon be able to change the DNA in a baby which is called CRISPR.  Doctors and scientist’s would use this to eliminate certain diseases and “cure” them before they’re even born.  Some diseases are Huntington’s Muscular Dystrophy, sickle-cell anemia, hereditary diseases and can also edit genes in the germ line (sources will be listed below).

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Doctors are scared of this going too far and creating a mutant or genetic mutation that can endanger the mother, the baby itself and even the human species.  Well, in Margaret Atwood’s novel the did more than enough splices like pigoons, wolvogs, rakunk, etc.  Eventually, Crake was able to go so far as to make another species called the Crakers which are supposedly better than humans.  This is what doctors in reality are scared of happening so this becomes are very controversial topic.

So changing DNA is actually going to become something very real and very scary.  Do you think we should approve of changing DNA or should we just let it go?  What could happen if we go through with it?

sources for article: http://theweek.com/articles/599237/genetics-breakthrough-that-could-change-humanity-explained

sources for pictures: https://www.google.ca/search?q=genetic+mutations&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwju74bg9eXSAhUO7mMKHSpqBaIQ_AUIBigB&biw=1280&bih=683#tbm=isch&q=genes+in+the+germline&*&imgrc=DjnvuWPmJzCkVM:&spf=811https://www.google.ca/search

source of book: The year of the Flood, Margaret Atwood, McClelland and Stewart, 2009, Ontario

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3 thoughts on “Could you possibly have the perfect child?

  1. Very well done blog article. The use of vocabulary was very well done. I felt as if I was reading a blog post. I also liked how you linked the book with a real world event. I wasn’t aware that we were actually doing such things like genetic modification. Also the visuals helped with better understanding of the article. This were an interesting blog entry and good work.

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  2. It is incredible to think that we now have the possibility to change DNA. The world has evolved so fast and it almost get scary. I feel like it is a really bad idea. We should not expect to “perfectionate” human beings. I, in fact, do not believe in the world “perfection. We already have a lot of pressure to meet society’s standards. If we start to change DNA, nobody will be considered special or unique because everybody will change their children the way that society perceive beauty. I feel like the natural is the best.

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  3. Science amazes me every day. What we thought was impossible a couple of years ago is now happening. I think that is great that technology can do things to cure diseases or any other things that would benefit the human being without compromising the environment or other living beings. I think I heard somewhere (I’m not sure if it’s true yet), that scientists could go as far as changing the color of the eyes of the babies before they were even born!
    In my opinion, as long as the invention is beneficial for everyone I think there is nothing wrong changing stuff. So, I do think it’s alright to change DNAs if the reason is good 🙂

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