Yet, reports Ariana Eunjung Cha in The Washington Post, there is little regulation. For example, she points out:
"Questions abound about the recruitment of donors; the ethics of screening and selecting embryos for physical characteristics; the ownership of the estimated millions of unused eggs ... and the emerging ability to tinker with embryos via the gene-editing tool CRISPR."
Members of the media and crime television shows have made it well known that some donors lie about their background. Also, to max their revenue, they are serial contributors. Their myriad offspring can wind up falling in love. What a mess.
In addition, it is also well known that those "building" these babies chase after the best genes. As a result, the human beings could have an edge over those who are put together in a more random way.
One Kind of Chip on the Shoulder
The late mayor of Providence, Rhode Island-Buddy Cianci-used to lament that he was not a "member of the Lucky Sperm Club." Unfortunately that chip on his shoulder triggered some violent behavior and he did spend time as a guest of the state.
However, Cianci had a point: Good genes can make the game of life, which already seems unfair, even more unfair. Those designer babies could become The Master Race. Is that ethical and should it continue to be legal?
Creating Many Half-Siblings
Another problem that has arisen is that fertility clinics have been providing discount packages. That allows a number of couples to purchase the same good genes.
Obviously, there are plenty of half-siblings floating around. Some couples welcome that and want the half-siblings to befriend one another. There are others, observing this phenomenon, who have concerns what these new kinds of "family" relationships will lead to-socially, emotionally, medically, and spiritually.
Urgency, Of Course
Of course, the technologies underlying the fertility industry are not alone in requiring regulation.
So do all the various versions of blockchain. Meanwhile, they and other emerging technologies could be inflicting unprecedented kinds of damage on U.S. society.
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