Genetically Engineering a 'Perfect' Baby Advances in human genetic engineering may one day make it possible to design a newborn — from what he or she (your choice) will look like, to how athletic the child will be. Guests and callers discuss the ethical concerns surrounding selective genetics.
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Genetically Engineering a 'Perfect' Baby

Genetically Engineering a 'Perfect' Baby

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Advances in human genetic engineering may one day make it possible to design a newborn — from what he or she (your choice) will look like, to how athletic the child will be. Guests and callers discuss the ethical concerns surrounding selective genetics.

Guests:

Ronald Green, professor for the study of ethics and human values at Dartmouth College; author of Babies by Design: The Ethics of Genetic Choice; author of "Building Baby From the Genes Up" published in The Washington Post

Marcy Darnovsky, associate director at the Center For Genetics and Society in Oakland, Calif.