selection of my journal entry about designer babies revolves around two ethical
questions. Should we sustain our old
ways of child birth, choosing alternatives methods if your child is at risk of
something life threatening? Or, should
we sustain humanity as healthier future?
Choosing to alternative methods would allow parents seeking a child of
their own to still have a healthy baby, but only containing one parent’s
DNA. Genetically modifying embryos would
allow parents to have a child who is healthy and parents in equal parts. Both are good arguments, and I think they
both contain underlying themes of sustainability.
A discussion is raised in this article; Is creating
designer babies ethically correct? A
designer baby is a child who is genetically modified at birth. Reasons for modification would be to save the
child from an inevitable, life-threatening diseases or to enhance a child’s
life who otherwise may live their life with a handicap. Modifying children creates an ethical
dilemma, in that genetically modifying the DNA sequence could harm all involved. Testing on humans can only be acceptable
until substantial evidence of its on animals is returned. If the results are favorable, then years of
multi-generational experimentation and observation can take place. Placing the health of a mother and child, and
the child’s potential offspring, after science is considered ethically wrong in
the science community. But, potential
benefits of designer babies are endless.
Diseases such as Cystic Fibrosis and Huntington’s could people be erased
from a child’s future. The scientific
community continues to weigh potential threats and benefits as we continue to
develop or technology.
2f from: Irimia R, Gottschling M (2016) Taxonomic revision of Rochefortia Sw.
(Ehretiaceae, Boraginales). Biodiversity Data Journal 4: e7720. https://Doi.org/10.3897/BDJ.4.e7720.”
I believe this is a good pick for the Sustainability collection. The Northern Lynx is a dying species with
protections in place to sustain its survival.
Trump’s administration is looking to take this animal off the endangered
species list, in turn, ending its protections.
An ethical argument is raised on whether the animal really is doing
better and genuinely can be taken off the list, or if it is being done in favor
of large industries looking to end debunk climate change and continue
production in areas under protection. I
believe there is a theme of sustainability within the text, which is trying to
maintain the survival of an animal species.
report entails the Trump administration’s effort in removing the Northern Lynx
off the endangered species list. The
lynx was first placed on the list in 2000, with concerns that the species would
not last through 2100, due to deforestation, climate change and human
expansion. In the article, there is an
argument posed whether President Trump is doing this for the good of the
animal, or for the good of himself. By
removing the animal of the list, productions like logging can begin to take
place again, while remaining in line with the Endangered Species Act. Environmentalist groups make claims that
numbers of the species dwindle lower than they did in 2000 when the Northern
Lynx was added to list. Trump’s
administration claims the animal is thriving and no longer needs the same protections
it did in the past. The Northern Lynx is
reported to die out by 2100.
Fears, Darryl. “Trump administration is taking steps
to remove a threatened lynx from the endangered-Species list.” The Washington
Post, WP Company, 11 Jan. 2018, www.washingtonpost.com/news/animalia/wp/2018/01/11/trump-administration-is-taking-steps-to-remove-a-threatened-lynx-from-the-endangered-species-list/?utm_term=.511ebe25f8c9.
I believe this article would blend nicely with the Sustainability collection. The article goes in depth about the
atrocities that occur in the albino community across various parts of
Africa. To keep these people safe, albino
villages or “safe havens” are created to protect them and to help sustain their
population. I argue that this would fit
well in the book because it offers ways that can help prevent more losses to
the albino community, through education, political action, or creating
communities. This to me is a message of
sustainability, by working together to keep a group of humans safe and thriving
in their own homeland.
In this article, author Salim Kikeke
interviews villagers affected by the widespread murder and kidnappings of
albinos by African witch doctors. These
witch doctors believe that various albino body parts can grant wealth and
luck. This, in turn, leads to the
pillaging and murder that takes place in the homes of those affected by
albinism. Efforts were once in place to
protect members of the albino community, but lack of funds and corrupt power
have lead to the dismantle of albino safe havens and their protection all
together. It is believed that the men in
power are the same men persecuting the community, because even the educated
people of Africa still believe that the consumption of albinos can offer
magical powers. Without more education
on the topic, the population of the albino people of Africa will dwindle.
“Tanzania’s albino community: ‘Killed like animals’.” BBC News, BBC,
9 Dec. 2014, www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-30394260.