Horizon (1964– )

Who's Afraid of Designer Babies? 

Every parent wants their child to be healthy, but does this extend to picking their genes for them?



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Episode credited cast:
Dilly Barlow ...
Herself - Narrator (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
French Anderson ...
Himself - USC School of Medicine (as Dr French Anderson)
Phil Bereano ...
Himself - University of Washington (as Dr Phil Bereano)
Keith Campbell ...
Himself - Roslin Institute 1991-97 (as Dr Keith Campbell)
Himself - National Cancer Institute (as Dr Dean Hamer)
Philippa Handyside ...
Joyce Harper ...
Herself - University College London (as Dr Joyce Harper)
Steve Jones ...
Himself - University College London (as Prof Steve Jones)
Alison Murdoch ...
Herself - Newcastle Fertility Centre (as Prof Alison Murdoch)
Paul Serhal ...
Himself - University College Hospital (as Dr Paul Serhal)
Lee Silver ...
Himself - Princeton University (as Dr Lee Silver)
Miodrag Stojkovic ...
Himself - University of Newcastle (as Dr Miodrag Stojkovic)


After many experiments with cloning and genetically manipulation on other species, technology and genetic science is now turning to the frontier of the human. Every parent wants their child to be healthy, but does this extend to picking their genes for them? What about those who are unable to have children naturally for whatever reason, who turn to artificial insemination or genetic modification? Is this designing children? What are the repercussions in a world dominated by genetically modified people? Will we evolve into a new species and transcend our history to one of inclusion and harmony? Or, will we simply end up in a world that is further divided - by genetic apartheid? Written by Ulf Kjell Gür

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24 February 2005 (UK)  »

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