Video Four: Designing Our Babies?

Mar 4, 2009 by

What do you think about parents selecting – or engineering – the traits of their future children?

The idea of “designer babies” is no longer the stuff of science fiction.  We are close enough to this prospect that we all need to think seriously about how designing “improved” human beings would affect children, their families, and our society. Close enough that each of us should get ready to participate in a public conversation about how genetic, reproductive, and other new technologies can be used to support–or to threaten–a just and healthy future.

Please take a look at the video below–“Designing Our Babies?”– the fourth in a series of five mini-videos created to get people thinking and talking about new technologies that could fundamentally alter our human nature.

Check out these additional resources, and please share the link to with your family and friends to help launch a broad-based grassroots conversation about technologies that are changing how some human beings are made. (continue below)

We want to know what you think. Please share your comments and reactions at the link below.

The fifth and final video in this series–“How Far Would You Go?”–will be released on September 5. Please sign up for our RSS Feed and we’ll let you know as soon as it is available.

Enola G. Aird,

Director, Mothers for a Human Future


  1. California clinic – The Fertility Institutes,
  2. Percentage – Gautam Naik, “A Baby Please. Blond, Freckles—Hold the Colic. Laboratory Techniques That Screen for Disease in Embryos Are Now Being Offered to Create Designer Children,
  3. Genetic “haves” and “have nots” – Lee Silver, Remaking Eden: How Genetic Engineering and Cloning Will Transform the American Family (1997)

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