"We have 10 different babies from which you can select."
July 26, 2013 11:18 AM Subscribe
Would you like to choose your baby?
posted by TheLittlePrince (168 comments total)
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We definitely want to be able to avoid genetic mutations that could cause diseases or problems later on. But what if you could make your babies more intelligent? Or more Athletic? or More beautiful? Or affect their political orientation
? (A 2011 study looked at differences between conservative and liberal leanings—and found, surprisingly, three areas that might be linked to political predisposition.)
Should you be able to choose what characteristics you want your babies to have?
Is it moral?
If parents use IVF to conceive, then a genetic test—an extension of the screening tests for genetic diseases that are already routinely done on embryos—could let them pick the smartest genome from a batch of, say, 20 embryos. “It’s almost like there are 20 parallel universes,” Hsu says. “These are all really your kids.”
How different is genetic selection of babies from going to an orphanage and choosing the kid you want to adopt?