Genetic selection has seen increasing controversy over the last few years, as advances have been made in selecting certain DNA traits that would allow the choice of hair or eye color.
To many it may seem harmless or even exciting to be able to choose physical characteristics of your child, but what happens when genetic enhancement is used to to give children a distinctive edge in athletic ability or intelligence?
Will only those better-off parents be given this ability due to the costs while the rest of society falls further and further behind in their competitive edge?
The Chinese Beijing Genomics Institute is rapidly forcing this issue to be confronted as it pushes ahead with research that will give parents the choice of picking the “best embryo” to succeed in certain inherited traits such as math.
Beijing Genomics Institute is one of the worlds largest genetic-research centers and believes 50-80% of IQ could be inherited.
Researchers have found that most children will be within 13 IQ points of their parents combined average, however, there are a select few from every few hundred that rank much higher.
Those are the children BGI has given special attention to and is now appealing for more sample subjects on it’s website.
Currently it has compiled a list of 2,000 DNA samples from subjects who have demonstrated high IQ scores.
By comparing those samples against the general population it hopes to find common DNA traits that make them more intelligent than the average person.
If those genes could be isolated parents would in theory be able to pick “smart embryos”.
While the idea of “designer babies” is controversial in the West it appears the Chinese government is prepared to see such techniques advance after the China Development Bank (A state bank that lends to government projects) gave BGI 1.5 Billion to continue it’s research.
If China advances to the stage of allowing this on a large scale it is hard to see how other countries would not be forced to also allow follow suit despite many similar procedures already being outlawed in several countries.
While the ethical questions of such procedures are far from being answered, it is feared that genetic technologies could advance much faster than any international laws that would be agreed upon to keep them in check.
Read more at http://www.prophecynewswatch.com/2014/January16/164.html#aCtUrP5AAvMds4ih.99