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.


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.



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