Tuesday, July 25, 2006

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If a gene for depression was identified, would you perform PIGD (pre-implantation genetic diagnosis) in order to select a child who did not carry the allele for depression? Share your thoughts.

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

Under certain cifrcumstances I believe that use of PIGD would be helpful somewhat.

azn.ttr said...

The use of PIGD should be only for diseases that are life threatening or can cause a serious discomfort for one's life. But, the idea of using it to possibly making one's child smarter is quite unfair to those that cannot afford the treatment or procedure.

Anonymous said...

Yes I would perform PIGD becuase depression is a medical condition. Screening for depression would help reduce medical costs and prevent stress and problems for the child and family.

Helen@ said...
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Helen@ said...

I think I probably wouldn't because then morally you would have an artificial child and there must also be disadvantages to that. I also don't like the idea of selecting one of many possible lives and giving it the chance to live while the rest of them die. I prefer whatever is more natural, and if things are meant to be then they're meant to be, and it's not like the child will 100%ly be having depression if PIGD is not performed.

Swapna K. said...

NO, I would not. No matter what their problems may be, physical, mental, and/or physicological, I would attempt to help them without the need to destroy the other fertilized eggs (unborn humans). Furthermore, it is morally wrong. By changing the child personality using the PIGD to remove the the allele could also change the entire personality of the child

Anonymous said...

Yes I would, as well as for any other physical or mental disorder. I believe everyone wants the best for their children, and even though PIGD won't ensure everything, it would give my child a fighting chance.

Anonymous said...

Yes, I would use PIGD, because I want the best for my child. Happiness is what parents want for their children, and depression will destroy that dream. Thus, if the chances of getting depression are close to zero, then parents will be less anxious about their children's happiness. Children gain their confidence from their parents, and if the parents are not confident about their child's welface, then that feeling of nonconfidence will rub off on the children. Nevertheless, parents should continue to monitor and encourage children like before, and never assume that the depression factor is gone.

brian said...

Maybe, I would perform PIGD, the reason is, PIGD can help for better conditions to the child because the PIGD is good to prevent depression.

a_a said...

I wouldn't perform PIGD because I prefer a child that is 100% natural. Depression is not a sickness that is very life threatening. Moreover, people can deal with depression and learn how to handle it rather than simply trying to avoid it by removing the allele.

Anonymous said...

Maybe, I would perform PIGD, the reason is, PIGD can help for better conditions to the child because the PIGD is good to prevent depression.

eye.russ said...

how can we judge a life beforehand if it has yet to be lived?