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    Eugenics, as I have previously stated, is the manipulation or alteration of genes. The root of the word "eu" meaning good, so the word basically translates to "good genes". Eugenics could be used in this sense to get rid of unworthy, unwanted traits such as: low intelligence, genes for diseases, genes for obesity, or certain body statures. This is where the study of Eugenics, including the practice of designer baby making, becomes associated with the Nazi Party of Germany. It's the same idea of making a purer society by ridding communities of bad traits, and making good traits more common. The possibilities include raising IQ scores, and generally raising the quality of life, and the quality of a civilization.
    Ridding the Genome of Disease
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    This pedigree shows a family affected by an X-linked dominant disease. Notice that it does not skip generations, and that males and females are equally affected. Assuming that this disease were Coffin-Lowry syndrome (CLS) the males of this family would find themselves faced with mental retardation varying in severity, and prolonged intellectual development. Women of this family may have slight symptoms of mental retardation. All of the affected members of this family are also prone to particular facial features such as: a protruding forehead, wide-set slanted eyes, a short nose, and a large mouth with full lips. As the affected mature and age, so do the symptoms that characterize the disease. Other physical problems that may come along with CLS are scoliosis (curvature of the spine), a pronounced small head, and other general skeletal abnormalities. So, if you were woman II-I, and you were marrying affected male II-II, what would you want to do? Take the chances to see what would happen? Or, genetic screening in hopes of manipulating the genes that cause CLS?
    Social Implications and Where We Are Headed Now
    The social implications of designer babies vary greatly. On the one hand scientists who have worked so hard to create this technology could possibly rid the genome of unwanted diseases; on the other hand however these advances should not be used for petty cosmetic reasons. So, what are we to do? Should we put restrictions on who the practice may be used on, or should we allow it to everyone who may afford it? Then there are the questions that ask, is it even an ethical practice? And, what will happen to minority populations if so many undesirable, uncommon characteristics are pulled from the genome? It's a slippery, slippery slope that the scientific world has begun to embark down, and I'm sure you can already see how many questions there are, and how few have clear, defined answers.
    Much of the questions I pose to you are left to opinion, and consensuses on such controversial, influential topics are rarely reached immediately. Right now, while cosmetically enhancing children isn't really a problem we look over the future problems we are to face, but that is because as of yet the technology is still so new. But, when these sort of procedures become common place our population could face a lot of problems.
    In addition, do you remember the pills taken by the scientists in a Unit long, long ago? To keep their telomeres from shortening, and ultimately help to slow the aging process? Well, like we discussed then it's all a great idea, but the long-term affects are still greatly unknown with that science, and the same principle holds true for this one. We have no ideas as to what will become of genetically modified children, or the children of those children.
    Where Are We Headed?
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Thursday, June 3

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    Welcome!Welcome to the Online School for Girls Genetics Class! {dna_500-1.jpg}
    The following pages (accessed from the list of students from the right, or by the list of topics below) are the final projects of the Spring 2010 Genetics course.
    After spending a term studying transmission and molecular genetics, the students of Genetics 2010 each chose an independent subject of particular interest. So you will see a wide variety of fascinating information! So take a look, and feel free to leave comments for the students under the discussion links on each page!
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    Genetics of Allergic Asthma
    Pediatric Brain Tumors
    Click here for more information about the Online School for Girls.
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    After spending a term studying transmission and molecular genetics, the students of Genetics 2010 each chose an independent subject of particular interest. So you will see a wide variety of fascinating information! So take a look, and feel free to leave comments for the students under the discussion links on each page!
    List of topics:
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    Welcome! {dna_500-1.jpg}
    The following pages (accessed from the list to the left) are the final projects of the Spring 2010 Genetics course.
    After spending a term studying transmission and molecular genetics, the students of Genetics 2010 each chose an independent subject of particular interest. So you will see a wide variety of fascinating information! So take a look, and feel free to leave comments for the students under the discussion links on each page!
    List of topics:
    Parkinson's Disease
    Genetics of LGBT Research
    Sex Changes in Fish Species
    The Human Genome Project
    Genetics of Breast Cancer
    Sex Determination in Humans
    Designer Babies
    Pathway Genomics
    Stem Cell research in Cerebral Palsy
    Genetics of Allergic Asthma
    Pediatric Brain Tumors

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