Would you customise your first-born child?
From Gizmodo: "Where exactly is the line between prenatal treatments and eugenic experiments? ... What's to stop us from adding more and more donors until we're simply picking the most desired traits at will and not so much making new life but literally constructing it?"
As I lie here listening to my first-born fight her afternoon nap, I'm thinking maybe this whole eugenics business has just got a bad rap. Imagine PerfectChild3000, complete with:
- ability to sleep 12 hours uninterrupted through the night, with long day-naps thrown in for good measure;
- self-cleaning bum;
- pre-programmed vocabulary of "Looking sharp, Mum" "More broccoli? Can I get a hell yeah?" and "no no, you lie back and read your novel, I'm just going to sit here quietly and work on my Euclidean Geometry."