All about embryo genetic testing. It's such a grey issue, so it was an interesting debate. In the future, only poor people will have sex to create a baby. Apparently IVF will be a far superior and more effective form of conception.
I am totally for testing for disease and defects, before or during pregnancy. I know I personally could not have knowingly brought up a disabled child. I am pro-choice. All parents to be should be able to make an informed choice. Everyone wants a healthy child right?
On the flip side, I am not in favour of sex selection. I just think it mucks up the natural order. Call me old fashioned, but a child is a child, not an accessory that you can pick, and diversity is important.
Then it went on to discuss the future. That's when it got really scary and my opinions became muddled...
A case of science fiction becoming reality...? I was reminded of (one of my favourite films, starring Jude Law, Uma Thurman and Ethan Hawke) Gattica. A story set in the not-too-distant future, where genetic engineering of humans is common and DNA plays the primary role in determining social class. A world where a society discriminates against your genes, instead of your gender, race or religion. A rich high society of genetically engineered people and an underclass 'naturally bred' poor. If you haven't seen it, I recommend you do. It's a slick, stylish film.
Should we play 'God'? Should we eradicate the criminal gene, for example? Should we be able to select an 'intellient' child? It's a toughie. I found myself saying yes and no.
|Ethan Hawke looking rather dishy in the brilliant Gattica|
You can find out more about the programme here.
Anyway back to the real reason for today's post...! I haven't worn this stripey dress for a while, so I thought I'd give it an airing, along with my patent plum Zoe Whitner stilettos. Where did I buy the dress? I can't remember. I cut the itchy label off.