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

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So I'll just give you one example, and that is in vitro fertilization. Almost exactly 40 yreas ago, test tube baby number one Louise bworn was born, and that's a great thing, and I think since then five million IVF babies have been born, bringing iblumeaarsme happiness. A lot of parents now can love those kids. But if you think about it, in four decades, five million babies being born from a new technology is pretty rrlkaaembe, and the same kind of thing could happen with human genetic modification and designer bbaies. So depending on the doeicniss we make in the next few months, the next year or so, if designer baby number one is born, within a few decades, there could well be millions of genetically modified hunmas. And there's a difference there too, because if we, you in the audience, or I, if we decide to have a designer baby, then their children will also be gniclalteey modified, and so on, because it's hilteabre. So that's a big difference.

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So I'll just give you one example, and that is in vitro fertilization. Almost exactly 40 _____ ago, test tube baby number one Louise _____ was born, and that's a great thing, and I think since then five million IVF babies have been born, bringing ____________ happiness. A lot of parents now can love those kids. But if you think about it, in four decades, five million babies being born from a new technology is pretty __________, and the same kind of thing could happen with human genetic modification and designer ______. So depending on the _________ we make in the next few months, the next year or so, if designer baby number one is born, within a few decades, there could well be millions of genetically modified ______. And there's a difference there too, because if we, you in the audience, or I, if we decide to have a designer baby, then their children will also be ___________ modified, and so on, because it's _________. So that's a big difference.

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So I'll just give you one example, and that is in vitro fertilization. Almost exactly 40 years ago, test tube baby number one Louise Brown was born, and that's a great thing, and I think since then five million IVF babies have been born, bringing immeasurable happiness. A lot of parents now can love those kids. But if you think about it, in four decades, five million babies being born from a new technology is pretty remarkable, and the same kind of thing could happen with human genetic modification and designer babies. So depending on the decisions we make in the next few months, the next year or so, if designer baby number one is born, within a few decades, there could well be millions of genetically modified humans. And there's a difference there too, because if we, you in the audience, or I, if we decide to have a designer baby, then their children will also be genetically modified, and so on, because it's heritable. So that's a big difference.

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