Life Imitates Art – Genetic Test To Pick Better Babies?
Is this a case of life imitating art? A new genetic test aims to let hopeful parents pick smarter, taller and healthier babies.
In the 1997 movie "Gattaca",society is organized according to the results of genetic tests. "genetic engineering of humans is common and DNA plays the primary role in determining social class. Vincent (Ethan Hawke) is conceived and born...suffering from the nearly eradicated physical dysfunctions of myopia and a congenital heart defect with a life expectancy of 30.2 years. Vincent faces extreme genetic discrimination and prejudice. The only way he can achieve his life-long dream of becoming an astronaut is to break the law and impersonate a "valid", a person with appropriate genetic advantage."
The New York Post reports that Lauren Teller took inspiration from "Gattaca," to start up Genomic Predictions, a DNA screening method that scores embryos with risk estimates for heart disease, diabetes other illnesses.
It also gives a report card on their predicted height and intelligence.
Right now, the test is being offered to hopeful parents at IVF clinics as an addition to standard tests that only screen for major abnormalities.
What do you think? Will the quest for the perfect next generation become the enemy of the good, resulting in the abortion of thousands of embryos of kids who would appear to be just OK?