Custom Embryo Selection Becomes Reality

Lately, there’s been quite a lot of biologically oriented news, especially of the genetic kind. The Fertility Institutes have revolutionised the present day by boldly offering couples the ability to screen their embryos for various traits, including eye colour, hair colour and complexion. Described as only the tip of the iceberg of their research outcomes, this has and will continue to help couples not only develop children who are resistant to diseases, but also allow them the opportunity to customize and perfect them to their desires.

Slashdot’s article describes couples around the globe ”flocking in droves to pay the company their life savings for a custom baby”, but also outlines the moral and ethical issues raised from this breakthrough. To such complainers, the advice given is that ”like it or not, the era of designer babies is officially here”, and I am inclined to agree and praise the scientific research which resulted in this and set new standards for the future. The institute has had a 100% success rate in gender selection thus far, and remains a trustworthy source of research which paves the way to customizing embryos in whole new ways.

I look forward to seeing how these services begin to be mass implemented and/or advertised.

Alex Kara

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About Alexander Karapetian

Software Engineer & Computer Scientist from Imperial College.
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