Gattaca arrives (in part)

I’ve always maintained that Gattaca is an important film because my generation would be encountering several of the raised issues within its lifetime. Here’s yet another manifestation of that, with the first steps toward designer babies. While I admit that on its face I’m uneasy with the idea, I am sure I’m not aware of the full range of the possible implications. It most certainly won’t eradicate all disease or make perfect humans. But the eerie line from Gattaca rings in my head:

“We want to give your child the best possible start. Believe me, we have enough imperfection built in already. Your child doesn’t need any more additional burdens. Keep in mind, this child is still you. Simply, the best, of you. You could conceive naturally a thousand times and never get such a result.


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