Deliberate Breeding of 'Ethical' People is a Moral Obligation

Claims Professor Julian Savulescu of Oxford University


Professor Julian Savulescu said that creating so-called designer babies could be considered a "moral obligation" as it makes them grow up into "ethically better children".

The expert in practical ethics said that we should actively give parents the choice to screen out personality flaws in their children as it meant they were then less likely to "harm themselves and others".

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  1. Whose ethics? Mine? His? The mullah on a street corner in Iran? A Jehovah’s Witness?

    Is homosexuality harm? Is heterosexuality harm? A drive to be monotheistic or polytheistic?

    And if you do find the genes that govern such things, assuming they exist, you open up the possibility of PEOPLE being hacked or the targets of a nasty trojan horse virus.

    Suppose someone engineered a virus to selectively delete the gene for heterosexuality, assuming one exists? Slower than an actual plague, but the country you release it in might die out in a generation or two.

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