My fellow port swillers, mark my words.  You are going to see more and more headlines like this one in the future:  Genetically engineering ‘ethical’ babies is a moral obligation, says Oxford professor.

Yes, eugenics -which is all this is – was a favorite pet topic amongst Progressivistas in the early part of the last century.  It fell out of fashion – at least in respectable conversation – thanks to Hitler, who was also a big fan, but I think the time of association of the two is pretty much drawing to a close.

Professor Julian Savulescu said that creating so-called designer babies could be considered a “moral obligation” as it makes them grow up into “ethically better children”.

The expert in practical ethics said that we should actively give parents the choice to screen out personality flaws in their children as it meant they were then less likely to “harm themselves and others”.

The academic, who is also editor-in-chief of the Journal of Medical Ethics, made his comments in an article in the latest edition of Reader’s Digest.

He explained that we are now in the middle of a genetic revolution and that although screening, for all but a few conditions, remained illegal it should be welcomed.

After all, it’s for the children.  What can possibly go wrong?