designer babies...

  1. Ive just seen this on TV and I wondered what you all thought.
    A couple (in the UK) have a child with a blood disorder which means he needs a bone marrow transplant or he will die with in a few years. They want to have a 'genetically modified' baby via IVF so that it could definetly be a stem cell donor for its brother.
    British courts have blocked their request as they see it as a step too far in 'designer babies'. So far, in the UK the only type of genetic modification of embryos that is allowed is to 'rule out' any who have specific genetic problems such as cystic fibrosis.
    So what do you think, should they be allowed to go ahead with their 'designed baby' or not?
    Im not sure, I dont have kids so I cant see it from their perspective but I can understand how they want to save their sons life.
    Lisa
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  2. 10 Comments

  3. by   parker in arkie
    I have 3 girls so I can definitely see wanting to save one if I ever needed to.

    However, my question would be solely to these parents:

    What of the burden you put on the "new baby"? How soon would you do the transplant? and What if after all you have done and after all the "new baby" endured, the original child was still not saved? How do you deal with that? How does the child brought into the world solely to be a "cure" for the firstborn deal with the failure?


    I, personally, think I would spend a whole lot of time praying for a miracle from God and doing lots of research looking for a way to save my child but, would stop short of having another solely to save the first.
  4. by   ayemmeff
    I think they were planning another child any way, weren't they Lisa?
  5. by   lisamct
    ayemmeff, yes i think they were planning to try for another child anyway but felt that they'd rather ensure that the next child they had was a definate donor as their son ddnt have time for them to try again if the baby wasnt a match.Also, Im not sure if their sons condition is hereditary so maybe they also want to make sure that their next child didnt have the same condition?

    parker in arkie, i think the transplant was to be done using stem cells from the new babies umbilical cord rather than a transplant from the baby itself.

    I think the couple are planning to go abroad, I dont know if they'll have any more luck with authorities elsewhere.
  6. by   parker in arkie
    sad situation in any case. hope they make their child well.


    my heart goes out to them.
  7. by   Lausana
    I don't like the idea of a child being born for a "job" rather than the joy of having another child. Especially, after being altered genetically. What about loving what you're given as is? But in this story I think the altering is what bothers me

    But I've not been in that place & might feel differently if I was loosing one of my children.
  8. by   anitame
    Most parents I know would do anything would do anything to save a dying child. Although I am not a proponent of cloning OR genetically engineering babies, as a mom I can see why these parents want to do this. Knowing there is a possible cure out there for your child and NOT being able to pursue it must be the most incredibly helpless feeling for these parents. AND, as apparently loving parents, they will surely love the new baby as much as they love the child they're trying to save. I would do it if it were my child.
  9. by   ayemmeff
    Originally posted by anitame
    Most parents I know would do anything would do anything to save a dying child. Although I am not a proponent of cloning OR genetically engineering babies, as a mom I can see why these parents want to do this. Knowing there is a possible cure out there for your child and NOT being able to pursue it must be the most incredibly helpless feeling for these parents. AND, as apparently loving parents, they will surely love the new baby as much as they love the child they're trying to save. I would do it if it were my child.
    I've been sitting here wondering how to put across what I think, in an eloquent and flame-proof manner.Now I don't need to!
    Thanks Anitame!!!:kiss
  10. by   Mattigan
    Originally posted by ayemmeff
    I've been sitting here wondering how to put across what I think, in an eloquent and flame-proof manner.Now I don't need to!
    Thanks Anitame!!!:kiss
    ditto:kiss
  11. by   anitame
    You're welcome ayemmeff and Mattigan!


    It's not like these people are trying to genetically engineer their baby to have blue eyes and blond hair, this is life and death. Frankly, I'm surprised it's such a big deal.
  12. by   BadBird
    I think they are facing a horrible situation knowing that their baby has a genetic defect. I also think that if they make a decision based on love for the children then no matter what that decision is it is ok. It is a private matter between the parents and the physicians willing and able to preform whatever needs to be done. As a mother of 2, I would want to do everything possible to save my children so I can't condem anyone else for wanting to do the same.

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