January 19, 2015 | Alice

'Designer' babies have appeared in science fiction for ages, but with recent advances in genetics they could soon become a reality.

I find the idea of genetically modifying babies to make them prettier and more intelligent creepy and unnecessary. However, if we use these techniques to create babies free of certain diseases, I won't be so opposed to the idea.

Scientists have called for a public debate on this subject. I agree it needs to be discussed further.

What kinds of designer babies would you approve of?

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Advances in Crispr technology - a precise method of editing DNA - mean designer babies could soon become a reality.

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