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7th May '16 5:17:54 PM ReaderAt2046
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** There are essentially two (or possibly three, depending on how you count) kinds of DesignerBaby. First, there are genetic slaves, Manpower Inc's product. These are humans who have been genetically engineered (and psychologically conditioned) to specialize in some specific service, usually at the cost of having all kinds of other health disorders (for example, slaves designed for heavy labor are both grotesquely over-muscled and have more efficient muscle fibers, but at the cost of a much-increased appetite and a high chance of kidney and liver failure). Then you have the Mesan Alignment, the end-product of millennia of genetic engineering and selective breeding aimed at producing humans who are better at everything than baseline humans. Finally, you have what might be described as minor genies, human bloodlines who have experienced very low-scale genetic modification, usually to allow settling worlds that would otherwise have too high a gravity or too little oxygen or whatever.
15th Apr '16 12:18:05 PM Tron80
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* Deconstructed in ''Fanfic/ChildrenOfAnElderGod''. Since most people went mad or mutated horribly when they tried to control an [[HumongousMecha Evangelion]], NERV [[spoiler:created genetically mutated fetuses and implanted them in volunteers. One of them killed Asuka’s mother.]]
-->"How could you do something like that? That's horrible, going around altering the genetics of babies! How could you do that to my parents?"
11th Apr '16 11:12:17 AM WillKeaton
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** And in the seed industry. Designer Corn, Designer Cotton, Designer [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brassica_napus Rapeseeds]], and especially Designer Soybeans.

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** And in the seed industry. Designer Corn, Designer Cotton, Designer [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brassica_napus Rapeseeds]], Rapeseeds,]] and especially Designer Soybeans.
5th Mar '16 3:17:19 AM Morgenthaler
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* In Creator/SergeyLukyanenko's ''{{Genome}}'', many parents choose to "specialize" their children before they're born, if they can afford it. The children grow up normal, but at puberty their bodies and minds undergo changes that irreversibly determine their life path. Furthermore, they don't care because every Spesh loves his or her job. They're programmed to love it. These modifications range from enhanced logical reasoning for detectives to extra joints for fighters, not to mention enhanced reflexes and strength. Also, starship pilots, detectives, and tax inspectors are incapable of love, as it clouds judgment. On the other hand, hetaeras (call girls) are conditioned to fall in love with their clients and be unable to fall out of love until their client reciprocates. There is plenty of distrust between the Speshs and the Naturals, even though everyone has some sort of gene therapy done on them as a fetus, like corrected eyesight and fixed genetic defects. Some jobs simply cannot be done by Naturals, like power specialist who are genetically-modified to handle high doses of radiation (shield it mostly with their skin and long hair).

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* In Creator/SergeyLukyanenko's ''{{Genome}}'', ''Literature/{{Genome}}'', many parents choose to "specialize" their children before they're born, if they can afford it. The children grow up normal, but at puberty their bodies and minds undergo changes that irreversibly determine their life path. Furthermore, they don't care because every Spesh loves his or her job. They're programmed to love it. These modifications range from enhanced logical reasoning for detectives to extra joints for fighters, not to mention enhanced reflexes and strength. Also, starship pilots, detectives, and tax inspectors are incapable of love, as it clouds judgment. On the other hand, hetaeras (call girls) are conditioned to fall in love with their clients and be unable to fall out of love until their client reciprocates. There is plenty of distrust between the Speshs and the Naturals, even though everyone has some sort of gene therapy done on them as a fetus, like corrected eyesight and fixed genetic defects. Some jobs simply cannot be done by Naturals, like power specialist who are genetically-modified to handle high doses of radiation (shield it mostly with their skin and long hair).
22nd Feb '16 11:26:02 PM M84
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* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'' has Xander, whom the terrorist organization Kobra created in a UterineReplicator and raised so they could have a perfect leader.
14th Jan '16 5:37:48 PM jormis29
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** The Bene Gesserit are shown to have a horror of artificial insemination in ''Dune Messiah'' less out of ethics than because using sex to control powerful men is ''at least'' as important as having their babies.

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** The Bene Gesserit are shown to have a horror of artificial insemination in ''Dune Messiah'' ''Literature/DuneMessiah'' less out of ethics than because using sex to control powerful men is ''at least'' as important as having their babies.
14th Jan '16 2:29:21 PM roxana
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** The Bene Gesserit are shown to have a horror of artificial insemination in ''Dune Messiah'' less out of ethics than because using sex to control powerful men is ''at least'' as important as having their babies.
10th Jan '16 12:34:14 PM zarpaulus
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* Zig-zagged in ''TabletopGame/HcSvntDracones'', most of the population are genetically-engineered human-animal hybrids known as Vectors that were created shortly before humanity wiped itself out in a nuclear war. But they've been breeding naturally for centuries at the time of the game setting. It is possible to design a custom child that doesn't resemble any established Vector species, but it's illegal to make them any stronger or smarter or have special abilities that unaugmented Vectors lack.
27th Dec '15 11:48:41 AM ChronoLegion
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* In Creator/SergeyLukyanenko's ''{{Genome}}'', many parents choose to "specialize" their children before they're born, if they can afford it. The children grow up normal, but at puberty their bodies and minds undergo changes that irreversibly determine their life path. Furthermore, they don't care because every Spesh loves his or her job. They're programmed to love it. These modifications range from enhanced logical reasoning for detectives to extra joints for fighters, not to mention enhanced reflexes and strength. Also, starship pilots, detectives, and tax inspectors are incapable of love, as it clouds judgment. On the other hand, hetaeras (call girls) are conditioned to fall in love with their clients and be unable to fall out of love until their client reciprocates. There is plenty of distrust between the Specs and the Naturals, even though everyone has some sort of gene therapy done on them as a fetus, like corrected eyesight and fixed genetic defects. Some jobs simply cannot be done by Naturals, like power specialist who are genetically-modified to handle high doses of radiation (shield it mostly with their skin and long hair).
** Interestingly, at least one job that is assumed to be Spec-only can be done by an extremely-skilled Natural. This is shown in the novel where a Natural becomes a starship navigator, a job that requires one to memorize the multidimensional (about 18D) map of the galaxy and be able to plot a safe and fast course through FTL. He turns out to be a pretty good navigator, despite his preference for wearing skirts (not [[InsistentTerminology kilts]]).
** The protagonist mentions that, by law, every Spec has a right to remove his or her specialization. However, in practice, this never happens. For one, each Spec loves his or her job. And two, many changes are simply irreversible.

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* In Creator/SergeyLukyanenko's ''{{Genome}}'', many parents choose to "specialize" their children before they're born, if they can afford it. The children grow up normal, but at puberty their bodies and minds undergo changes that irreversibly determine their life path. Furthermore, they don't care because every Spesh loves his or her job. They're programmed to love it. These modifications range from enhanced logical reasoning for detectives to extra joints for fighters, not to mention enhanced reflexes and strength. Also, starship pilots, detectives, and tax inspectors are incapable of love, as it clouds judgment. On the other hand, hetaeras (call girls) are conditioned to fall in love with their clients and be unable to fall out of love until their client reciprocates. There is plenty of distrust between the Specs Speshs and the Naturals, even though everyone has some sort of gene therapy done on them as a fetus, like corrected eyesight and fixed genetic defects. Some jobs simply cannot be done by Naturals, like power specialist who are genetically-modified to handle high doses of radiation (shield it mostly with their skin and long hair).
** Interestingly, at least one job that is assumed to be Spec-only Spesh-only can be done by an extremely-skilled Natural. This is shown in the novel where a Natural becomes a starship navigator, a job that requires one to memorize the multidimensional (about 18D) map of the galaxy and be able to plot a safe and fast course through FTL. He turns out to be a pretty good navigator, despite his preference for wearing skirts (not [[InsistentTerminology kilts]]).
** The protagonist mentions that, by law, every Spec has a right to remove his or her specialization. However, in practice, this never happens. For one, each Spec Spesh loves his or her job. And two, many changes are simply irreversible.
26th Dec '15 8:52:15 PM jormis29
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* An interesting variant occurs in ''{{Simoun}}'', in which one of the enemy nations has replaced the traditional method of sex selection among the HumanAliens who populate the world: instead of everyone being female until 17, and choosing a sex then, the enemy nation assigns sexes to babies shortly after birth through hormones and surgery.

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* An interesting variant occurs in ''{{Simoun}}'', ''Anime/{{Simoun}}'', in which one of the enemy nations has replaced the traditional method of sex selection among the HumanAliens who populate the world: instead of everyone being female until 17, and choosing a sex then, the enemy nation assigns sexes to babies shortly after birth through hormones and surgery.
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