As previously noted here on Sentient Developments, demand for the non-medical application of PGD, while small, does exist and it's increasing. As Jeff Steinberg of LA's Fertility Institutes says, "This is cosmetic medicine...Others are frightened by the criticism but we have no problems with it." Trait selection in babies "is a service," says Dr. Steinberg, and "[w]e intend to offer it soon."
The WSJ article prompted respond with a list of reasons why human trait selection is an important topic today:
- It’s a hive of ethical issues
- The technology isn’t here yet
- We all have a stake in the issue
- Questions raised go beyond designer babies
According to Hinsch there are some key questions that need to be answered as we move forward:
- Should we ban it?
- Should we regulate the technology to allow only certain applications?
- Should we promote the widespread use of this technology?
There's no question that these are challenging isues. But what's important right now, argues Hinsch, is that we get the conversation started.