Forty thousand babies born in the United States each year are conceived through assisted reproduction. As this technology advances, parents are able to have healthier children and “designer babies” have begun to gain popularity.
Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD) and embryo screening have been used since the 90s, but are now being adapted to help parents ensure that their children don’t have the same conditions that they do, such as dwarfism or deafness.
Doctors can also use PGD for prenatal sex selection and the selection of physical traits. Complexion, eye color and hair color can all be selected by the parents.
Many parents believe that the practice of engineering designer babies is immoral, while others believe that it can be used to prevent health conditions. About 15 percent of parents feel that all parents should have free choice.
In this infographic, cheapnursedegrees.com examines the world of baby making and how advancements are changing the nature of reproduction. Check it out below to learn more.