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Designer Babies
This title covers these subjects: Genetic engineering., Medical ethics., Fertilization in vitro.
Designer Babies
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Designer Babies

Accessible yet sophisticated book that briefly explains the science behind “designer babies.” What are the ethical concerns in this practice? Is it wrong for parents to pick and choose the traits they want in their baby? Is there ever a good reason to do it?

Reading LevelGrades 7-8
Interest LevelGrades 6-10
ATOS Level8.3
AR Points2
AR Quiz #144904
Text TypeInformational Text
Page Dimensions6 3/8" x 9 1/4"
Page Count56
BindingReinforced Library Binding
List Price: $35.32 School/Library Price

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Booklist - John Peters

"The next decade or so will bring about great refinements in techniques for modifying human genes, so this entry in the Hot Topics series treats a subject of direct interest to readers who may one day be parents. Bliss begins with a general history of genetics, eugenics, and in vitro fertilization (IVF) and goes on to focus on the moral and ethical thickets surrounding IVF, the idea of growing "savior" babies to provide stem cells (and replacement organs) for ill siblings or relatives, and scientists’ growing ability to select an embryo’s sex and other physical characteristics. He provides specific case studies—from Octomom to a sperm bank’s advertisement ("Donor 12235: Mama’s Little Surfer")—pauses frequently to ask readers to examine their own views on various issues, and ends with a chart comparing conflicting rights of parents and children. Relatively generous lists of print and web resources are appended. Several of the color photos are more decorative than relevant, and the author presents a simplistic picture of the human genome’s complexity—still, this offers a systematic presentation of arguments and counterarguments about some truly thorny issues" - Booklist

October 1, 2011


Pennsylvania School Librarians Association

Pennsylvania School Librarians Association

November 1, 2011