Saturday, October 5, 2013

Engineering Babies

From the Wall Street Journal:

A personal-genomics company in California has been awarded a broad U.S. patent for a technique that could be used in a fertility clinic to create babies with selected traits, as the frontiers of genetic enhancement continue to advance.

The patented process from 23andMe, whose main business is collecting DNA from customers and analyzing it to provide information about health and ancestry, could be employed to match the genetic profile of a would-be parent to that of donor sperm or eggs. In theory, this could lead to the advent of "designer babies," a controversial idea where genes would be selected to boost the chances of a child having certain physical attributes, such as a particular eye or hair color.

Read more here.

MR

Hat Tip: Naomi Cahn

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hmmm...I'm a still a bit uncomfortable with the notion of 'genetically enhancing babies'

Posted by: Tulsa Divorce Lawyer Matt Ingham | Oct 5, 2013 5:21:02 PM

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