04 March 2009

Clinic offers designer babies

Blue eyes, blonde hair coming up. A fertility clinic is about to begin offering custom-designed babies to would-be parents.

Do you want blue eyes with your baby? That's one of the questions a fertility clinic will be asking when it begins offering custom-designed babies to would-be moms and dads.

Dr Jeff Steinberg, who operates clinics in Manhattan and Los Angeles, says that within six months he plans to let customers choose their baby's eye, hair, and even skin colour, according to the New York Daily News.

Steinberg, who helped produce the first test-tube baby, acknowledges the technology is not 100% perfect and says best results are couples with Scandinavian heritage, whose gene pools are least diluted.

Critics, though, have blasted the idea of designer babies, likening it to the pursuit of a master race. – (Sapa, March 2009)

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