A. Read the definition of designer babies provided by Wikipedia:
The colloquial term "designer baby" refers to a baby whose genetic makeup has been artificially selected by genetic engineering, combined with in vitro fertilization to ensure the presence or absence of particular genes or characteristics. The term is derived by comparison with "designer clothing". It implies the ultimate commodification of children and is therefore usually used pejoratively to signal opposition to such use of reprogenetics. Designer babies is a term used by journalists to describe it; it is not a term used by scientists. (Wikipedia)
B. Work in groups. Decide whether you agree or disagree with the statements below about designer babies. Write P if you think the information is a Pro or C if you think it is a Con. Justify your answers.
( ) Babies Genetic screening can reduce the baby's chances of being born with several serious diseases like Down Syndrome, Famial hypercholesterolemia, rare blood disorders such as Diamond Blackfan Anaemia, etc.
( ) This technique is not limited to screening for genetic and hereditary disorders, but is also used for cosmetic reasons.
C. Decide in your groups if you agree with the statements below. Justify your choices: Write A if you agree and D if you disagree.
Information taken from the great site http://www.buzzle.com/articles/pros-and-cons-of-designer-babies.html
D. Watch the first movie segment from the movie My Sister's Keeper and answer the questions that follow.
1. What's the main character's opinion about how most babies are generated?
2. What's her opinion about the way she was generated?
3. Why was she engineered?
4. What has changed since her sister got sick?
5. How would you describe the family's relationship?
E. Watch the second movie segment from the movie My Sister's Keeper and discuss the questions that follow in pairs.
5. What's your opinion ab out the situation?
F. Now watch the final segment from the same movie and discuss the questions:
1. What does the main character want to do?
2. Why does she want to do that?
3. What's the lawyer's opinion about it?
4. What has she gone through since
she was born?
5. What are the possible consequences of her decision?
6. What's your
opinion about her decision? Is she right or wrong? Explain your answer?
7. Does she have the right to do it? Why (not)?
8. What would you do you if that girl were your own daughter, refusing to donate her kidney to save your other daughter?
G. Watch the segment from the movie Gattaca and discuss the questions:
6. Do you see this future as brighter or darker? Explain it.
MOVIE SEGMENT DOWNLOAD - MY SISTER'S KEEPER - ALL PARTS TOGETHER
MOVIE SEGMENT DOWNLOAD - GATTACA