(Closed) Gattaca… would you?

posted 7 years ago in TTC
  • poll: If the technology was out there....
    I would opt conceive my child "the old fashioned way" : (35 votes)
    83 %
    I would opt conceive my child "Gattaca-style" : (7 votes)
    17 %
  • Post # 3
    1120 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: January 2010

    I think if you use the “best possible genes” of each parent to conceive, you can only have one child – any other children you have is either a copy of the first, or not as good as the first, and that’s not fair.

    I like the fact that we’re all different and imperfect, that’s what makes us interesting. I also like that when I meet my little boy, it will be a surprise to discover who he is.

    So, the old fashion way is more interesting to me and I wouldn’t play with nature as it was intended in a bid to make our children “perfect”

    Post # 4
    1729 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: December 2012

    mother nature..im sorry i have kids and i cherish the good and bad in them.thats what makes us all HUMAN..those traits. My daughter was very sick as a baby and almost died- she had medical problems that were genetic from my ex husbands side of the family, we got thru that, shes 100% healthy and has been these last many years.her sickness made me cherish my kids even More….

    Love my kids to death and wouldnt change anything in the world.

    Post # 5
    3363 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2009

    I’m going to go with the old fashioned way…


    I DO wish there was a way to avoid my child having certain traits that either one of us have.  For example, my height (short!), my thin hair, his allergies, and his bad eyesight. 

    Post # 6
    1766 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: April 2011

    If it was a true Gattaca society and my child would have major disadvantages in life if it was conceived naturally, I would go Gattaca. I would not want my child to be treated like a second class citizen for its entire life.

    Post # 7
    518 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    The only reason I’m posting here is because Gattaca is one of my favorite movies.

    I would never do this.  A baby comes from love, not a gene pool.

    Post # 8
    148 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: May 2012 - The Old Field Club

    I also want to say that Gattaca is one of my all time favorite movies! and it was actually the answer to a trvia night question a few months ago (what movie title is derived from the bases of DNA (ATCG)). 

    anyway, no I don’t think I could possibly conceive using the new methods, because its such a slippery slope of what you think is acceptable and not acceptable…..makes me nervous

    Post # 9
    6009 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: May 2009

    @AprilJo2011:  this was totally my thought, too!  I love Gattaca.  Such a great movie. 

    Post # 10
    2821 posts
    Sugar bee

    All my potential babies are awesome so I would go natural and my baby would be extra awesome in a way the computer calculation hadn’t accounted for – I think human design won’t be able to out awesome natural design for quite some time.

    Post # 11
    5572 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I would definitely prefer the old-fashioned way unless, like@AprilJo2011: said, this was what society did and my child would be extremely disadvantaged because of it. Even then it would be difficult to do.

    I love the fact that when we have kids we can get to know them without knowing what to expect. I love not knowing whose eyes our baby will have, if they’ll be musically inclined at all, which sports they’ll excel at, etc.

    Post # 12
    181 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    I am of a slightly differing viewpoint. I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis at two and a half. Though it has not proven to be genetic it has also not been proven that it isn’t. My paternal grandmother also has an auto-immune disease that struck her in her teens (also considered young for these types of “old people” diseases). My biggest fear is passing this disease onto my children. If there was anything in the world at all that could guarantee me that my children would not face the same challenges I did, I would strongly consider it.

    However, would I pick their physical attributes, likes and dislikes, etc… no, I want my children to be who they are, whoever that may be.

    So I guess essentially I would just want to pick one or two genes that they didn’t get and let everything else happen naturally.

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