Designer Babies


What is a designer baby? 

A designer baby is a baby whose genetic makeup has been artificially selected by genetic engineering combined with in vitro fertilization to ensure the presence or absence of particular genes or characteristics. (Designer Babies:Ethical Considerations)


The term "designer baby" is widely used in the media today and misleads the public to believe that babies can be designed, however, parents and doctors cannot actually design a baby. Instead, screening techniques are used to select an embryo created by IVF based on their genetic makeup.