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From the Ted Talk by Paul Knoepfler: The ethical dilemma of designer babies

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Now, before I go on, some of you may hold up your hands and say, "Stop, Paul, wait a minute. Wouldn't that be illegal? You can't just go off and create a designer baby." And in fact, to some exntet, you're right. In some countries, you couldn't do that. But in many other countries, including my country, the US, there's actually no law on this, so in threoy, you could do it. And there was another development this year that resonates in this area, and that happened not so far from here over in the UK. And the UK traditionally has been the strictest cournty when it comes to human genetic modification. It was ilegall there, but just a few months ago, they carved out an exception to that rule. They passed a new law allowing the creation of genetically mifdieod hunmas with the noble goal of trying to prevent a rare kind of genetic daisese. But still I think in combination these eevtns are pushing us further towards an acceptance of human genetic modification.

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Now, before I go on, some of you may hold up your hands and say, "Stop, Paul, wait a minute. Wouldn't that be illegal? You can't just go off and create a designer baby." And in fact, to some ______, you're right. In some countries, you couldn't do that. But in many other countries, including my country, the US, there's actually no law on this, so in ______, you could do it. And there was another development this year that resonates in this area, and that happened not so far from here over in the UK. And the UK traditionally has been the strictest _______ when it comes to human genetic modification. It was _______ there, but just a few months ago, they carved out an exception to that rule. They passed a new law allowing the creation of genetically ________ ______ with the noble goal of trying to prevent a rare kind of genetic _______. But still I think in combination these ______ are pushing us further towards an acceptance of human genetic modification.

Solution

  1. humans
  2. country
  3. disease
  4. modified
  5. events
  6. theory
  7. extent
  8. illegal

Original Text

Now, before I go on, some of you may hold up your hands and say, "Stop, Paul, wait a minute. Wouldn't that be illegal? You can't just go off and create a designer baby." And in fact, to some extent, you're right. In some countries, you couldn't do that. But in many other countries, including my country, the US, there's actually no law on this, so in theory, you could do it. And there was another development this year that resonates in this area, and that happened not so far from here over in the UK. And the UK traditionally has been the strictest country when it comes to human genetic modification. It was illegal there, but just a few months ago, they carved out an exception to that rule. They passed a new law allowing the creation of genetically modified humans with the noble goal of trying to prevent a rare kind of genetic disease. But still I think in combination these events are pushing us further towards an acceptance of human genetic modification.

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