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Nov. 4, 2005

Sex-choosing trial not wrong

For Lariat readers who saw Wednesday's story on a new trial in which 25 couples are being given the opportunity to choose their new babies' sexes through in vitro fertilization: Don't panic.

I seriously doubt that 20 years from now, all parents-to-be will make routine trips to the lab, whether or not they physically need in vitro to have a child, in order to determine their child's sex, IQ, hair color, athletic ability or height. After all, parents today have the opportunity to learn their unborn child's sex through ultrasound. But do all parents choose to do so? No.

Throw in the fact that genes play dramatically less than a 100 percent factor in determining many characteristics, and I'd say that the concept of traditional conception is safe.

Would I take part in such a trial? You bet. But will you be forced to? No. So I'd suggest not raising a fuss and letting those who want to choose that option do so. Because whether you like it or not, selecting which embryos to implant is an option, but it isn't one that's likely to interfere with your freedoms.

Kristen Cole
University scholar and
Pre-med 2008

Hummers not worst of crop

After reading the previous articles over the Hummer issue, I feel compelled to inform my fellow students of some facts about Hummers.

In Jay Jackson's letter, he suggests driving a Nissan Xterra instead of a Hummer. Consumer Guide reports that the Xterra gets 16 miles per gallon in the city and 21 on the highway, only 2 mpg better than the 16/19 of the H3. I hardly see how an Xterra is more environmentally friendly.

Jackson also states that driving a Hummer is immoral. I don't see it as a matter of morals as much as of safety. I have been in accidents driving midsize and compact cars, hit both times by a larger vehicle. In both cases, my vehicle was severely damaged, while the car that hit me was merely scratched. To certain people, it is a worthy trade to spend more money on gas and feel safer driving on the streets.

James Kenney
Electrical and
Computer engineering 2006