3. Legal vs. Illegal

What laws surround the idea of "designer babies" in different countries?
United Kingdom laws say:
  • Parents can only use sex selection if there is a big risk that a gender-related genetic disorder can be passed on to the baby.
  • Pre-implantation Genetic Diagnosis(PGD) is currently legal 
  • At the moment, it is illegal to genetically engineer humans, but it is legal to genetically engineer mice, cows, pigs, sheep and goats.
The U.S. is more lax regarding sex selection and PGD, however, it is still illegal to genetically engineer humans.


References:
 Bionet - New Discoveries in Life Sciences - Explore the Science and Debate the Issues. 2002. Web. 18 May 2010. <http://www.bionetonline.org/english/content/db_cont1.htm>.
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