Science and Journalism in Society

Brandeis University JOUR 130B

Genetically Engineered Babies, taking it too far? The Positive and Negatives of Genetically Engineering Babies

The Positive and Negatives of Genetically Engineering Babies:


  1. Has the ability to alter  human DNA can correct for disease genes and stop future generations from suffering from conditions like cystic fibrosis.
  2. Has the ability to install gene protection against infections, Alzheimer’s, Huntington’s disease, and aging effects.
  3. Has the ability to create fertile sperm from repaid DNA of infertile men, allowing men to produce babies.
  4. Has the ability to improve the human species by increasing life span, intelligence, and economic output.


  1. Inputting several genetic diseases at once may cause complications in the embryo.
  2. Usage of the technology could get out of hand, for example changing eye color of babies born.
  3. Discriminating against families without proper income to use the technology.
  4. Ethical questions arise.



Pros and Cons of Genetic Engineering

1 Comment

  1. This is interesting in that it reads like a notebook entry but I’d, at least, like to see sources linked to each statement if you were going to make this public. Still, I like how it shows how you’re balancing the issue in your mind.

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