Meeting 10/21: Engineering Your Baby Straight

21 Oct

Our topic tonight is on a hormone therapy that was developed for pre-natal girls with the rare genetic condition, Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia.  However, a side-effect of this therapy is that it makes girls much more likely to be very feminine and much less likely to be gay.

One concern with these findings is whether people will use the therapy who do NOT have children with CAH to genetically engineering their daughters straight.  This also raises the topic if genetic engineering to have “perfect” children should ever be allowed, even if achievable.

 

Designer Babies

 

Below are some other media links that brush on these points.

The Young Turks: Treatment Turning Gay Kids Straight

OutLateButGreat videos: if there was a gay-to-straight pill, would you take it?

Designer Babies: A BBC Documentary

Would you take a pill to make your baby straight?

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