Senior Project Advisor
Brian, Kathleen M.
Imagine filling out a form for your unconceived child. Let us say it is the year 2030—although at this moment in history scientists are not sure when widespread use of genetic engineering will be available to the mass markets. There are a broad array of traits that you can opt into, though some may cost extra. Genetic trends have shifted to be more and more homogenous, but blue eyes are currently trending amongst newborns. You and your partner are both brown-eyed, yet, you do not want to socially disadvantage your child. You sign your initials next to the box on the next page, which asks for consent to remove and replace any genes in the embryo that may predispose your child to any kind of disease. This includes genes responsible for suppressing tumors, such as the BRCA gene. This seems like a good thing, right? A parent only wants the best possible future for their child.
Purcell, Alina J., "The Modular Table: A Potential Clue for the Future Dilemmas Concerning Bioethics in Human Genome Applications of CRISPR" (2020). WWU Honors Program Senior Projects. 385.
Subjects - Topical (LCSH)
Bioethics; Human genome; Gene editing
student projects; term papers
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