RED BANK: DESIGNER BABIES ON DARWIN DAY

Monmouth University’s Michael Palladino discusses the ethical issues of reproductive technologies at the Red Bank Charter School. (Photo by Wil Fulton. Click to enlarge)

By WIL FULTON

In honor of legendary English naturalist Charles Darwin’s birthday, the Red Bank Humanists held a crash course  in “designer babies” Sunday.

New technology involved in creating designer babies through assisted reproductive technology, or ART, can literally change how humans evolve, Michael Palladino, dean of the School of Science at Monmouth University, told a packed conference room at Red Bank Charter School.

“Everyone who is a little bit older will definitely remember Louise, the first test tube baby in the world,” said Palladino, an expert in molecular reproductive biology. “Since then, over four million babies worldwide have been born using in vitro alone, and that’s only one kind of ART.”

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