Designer Babies

Designer Babies

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“Do you want a boy or a girl?”  That question is now only one of many variables soon-to-be parents could choose from.  Again, technology takes us to the outer realm  where parents no longer have to wish for certain traits, but can plan for them through genetic engineering. Professor Darren Griffin will discuss the pros and cons of genetic screening.



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Designer BabiesA short presentation followed by Q&A with speaker Darren Griffin, Professor of Genetics at the University of Kent, UK.


What You Will Learn

  • The definition of the term “designer babies” and 5 myths that surround it (which hopefully will be dispelled)
  • The science behind practices that are often given this appellation e.g preimplantation genetic diagnosis and cloning
  • A practical perspective on what is and is not feasible in this field and where we should focus our concerns.
  • And much more…


Webinar Details

Date: Thursday, March 22, 2012

Time: 2:00-3:00 pm ET

Fee: Free


Meet Your Expert

Darren Griffin, PhD is Professor of Genetics at the University of Kent, UK.  Previously he was Professor of Genetics at Brunel University.  In 2002, he was admitted as a fellow of the Society of Biology and in 2008 he was awarded both a fellowship of the Royal College of Pathologists and Doctor of Science from the University of Manchester.  He was awarded the Institutional Teaching Prize for his work in supervising graduate students and was recently shortlisted for Research Project of the Year by the Times Higher Education supplement. Prof. Griffin completed his post-doctoral research in Cleveland, Ohio and at The University of Cambridge.  He received his PhD at University College London in 1992, graduated from the University of Manchester in 1988. Professor Griffin will launch a Master’s course in reproductive medicine (science and ethics) at the University of Kent starting in September of 2011.

Dr. Smith received her B.S. from Penn. State University and Ph.D. in Physiological Chemistry from the Ohio State University.  Dr. Smith has been a Special Agent with the FBI, principal of BioForensic Consulting, LLC, Section Chief of the Intelligence and Analysis Section in the Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) Directorate of the FBI.  Dr. Smith participated in the Unabomber investigation, the Oklahoma City bombing, and oversaw the collection and analysis of President Clinton’s DNA in the Monica Lewinski investigation.  She also was involved in the establishment of the National DNA Database. Dr. Smith is a member of the Director of National Intelligence Biosciences Expert Group and the Biochem 20/20 Science Expert Group.


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5 Responses to “Designer Babies”

  1. Lynda Howard says:

    I wish the webinar was after school hours. Unfortunately, many teachers are teaching from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m.

  2. admin says:

    Dear Lynda — No worries. The presentation will be recorded and provided on our website with the slides within one week after the live presentation. Please go to our website ( to watch. Thanks. — ACS Webinars

  3. dn says:

    I hope this isn’t what it sounds like…sensationalization of IVF with chromosomal testing, which is necessary for some people and not done for “designer baby” purposes.

  4. Vince says:

    Yeah, let’s play God. This should work out well.

  5. Im4life says:

    Genetic testing and engineering are fine if they are used to prevent diseases and therefore benefit the child. Genetic engineering of humans for any other reason exhibits selfishness and immorality. Period.

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