The question posed to an expert panel at this week’s Intelligence Squared U.S. Debates treads a blurry line between science and morality. Would society advance if humans could controlling the traits of their offspring? Or, would genetically engineered children lead to stratification in which only the wealthy could benefit from such science?
Watch a couple of brief arguments below from the debate: Should America Prohibit Genetically Engineered Babies?
Nita Farahany of Duke University argues that genetically engineering could help prevent numerous diseases, many of which end up draining valuable health resources.
Lord Robert Winston of the Imperial College in London says genetic engineering could lead to evil practices such as eugenics, which were perpetuated by societies such as Nazi Germany.
Watch the full debate below and let us know what you think: Should America Prohibit Genetically Engineered Babies?