If you could choose your baby, would you? A tall, smart, funny, blue-eyed kid without any genetic diseases or perhaps a baby who took the best parts of you and your partner. How does it sound to you?
Genomic Prediction offers tests to scan embryos for genetic diseases and other conditions, as well as genetic indicators that a future child will be in the bottom two percent of intelligence.
The company will hand report cards on frozen embryos, in which the grades include risk estimates for diseases such as diabetes, heart attacks, and five types of cancer. Parents can use the results to choose the healthiest embryo.
Also, the test can predict any embryo that can become a person who’s among the shortest 2% of the population or who’s in the lowest 2% in intelligence.
“Right off the bat it raises all kind of questions about eugenics,” David Keefe, chairman of obstetrics and gynecology at New York University’s fertility center, told MIT Tech Review.
“It is irresponsible to suggest that the science is at the point where we could reliably predict which embryo to select to minimize the risk of disease,” University of California, Davis geneticist Graham Coop told MIT Tech Review. “The science simply isn’t there yet”.