Do you think it is ethical—morally right—for parents to genetically modify zygotes in order to prevent them from inheriting serious genetic diseases
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Read the article from the Guardian newspaper entitled, “Genetically modified babies given go ahead by UK ethics body.” The article describes a report from an ethics panel in the United Kingdom that assessed whether it was ethical for parents to genetically modify embryos, either to prevent genetic diseases or to enhance particular features of their children.
In the Discussion, answer the following questions:
1. Do you think it is ethical—morally right—for parents to genetically modify zygotes in order to prevent them from inheriting serious genetic diseases? Why or why not?
2. Do you think the ethics are different if the parents decide to genetically modify a year-old baby to prevent it from developing a serious genetic disease? Why or why not?
3. Do you think it would be ethical for an adult to have cells genetically modified to cure or lessen the severity of a genetic disease? Why or why not?
4. Do you think your judgements would change, if the changes were not to cure a disease but to make cosmetic changes, perhaps changing height or eye color? Would these changes be ethical? Why or why not?
After you make your initial post, respond to at least two of your classmates.