I couldn’t help but laugh at the statement in Stacey Schneider’s
article that genetic engineering allows scientists to start taking
on a “God-like” role. It sounded so familiar. When effective forms
of birth control first came out a similar paranoia was expressed.
Selecting conception dates was God’s domain. So are we in Bible
school or college?
Selecting the sex of a child and eliminating major genetic
defects is a far cry from eliminating the “true surprise” that a
child brings. The researcher selects from the parent’s genes. It
isn’t a Frankenstein stitch-job with Arnolds pecks, Bill Gate’s
mind and Madonna’s abs. The child would still have Dad’s squinty
eyes, Mom’s nose and aunt Gertrude’s receding hairline. A normal
child perhaps, but without Down’s syndrome.
Many people who want a sneak peak at their future child already
have a disabled or terminally ill child. Currently, the only other
candidates for genetic engineering are persons who already have
Genetic scientists are not sick puppies who are trying to
undermine the value of human life. They just think that quality of
life matters too.
Amy Trefethen, second bachelor’s candidate