a. Genetic engineering has the potential
to change the human species like nothing else before. How far should
this technology be used for humans? Should it cure disease? Make
designer babies? Where is the line scientists should not cross?
b. Do you think that humans will ever
get to the point where there are designer babies? How soon do you
predict this to happen?
c. Do you think genes have total control
on us? What part of the environment helps to create who we are?
d. In order to spur on a real discussion,
pose the question "OK, so you don't believe in choosing the sex
of the baby, its eye color, its hair color, etc.? Then, why aren't
you attracted to just any one? Don't you think you might eventually
mate with someone you having desirable characteristics thus insuring
your future children will possess those traits? Aren't you in fact,
designing your own baby?" I've yet to pose this "Mind Game" (MacKenzie,
School Science and Mathematics, March 2001) when it didn't create
a "buzz" in the room and generate questions, wonder, possibilities,
and overall curiosity (isn't this what science teaching is about????)