Food is not the only thing being genetically engineered.
Parents are using IVF and preimplantation genetic testing and choosing to implant embryos less likely to have certain genetic diseases and chromosomal disorders. Others are using prenatal testing to detect genetic abnormalities and, in some cases, choosing to terminate pregnancies. Gene editing tools will allow for designer babies where parents can remove or add characteristics with sophisticated levels of detail. You can select a baby who is tall, has a high IQ, and is an extrovert.
Animals and plants have been engineered through hybridization for decades so it makes sense that we have come to this point in our history. Jamie Metzl says in Hacking Darwin that by 2035, we will be in our doctors offices picking characteristics for our children from a menu and conceiving in labs rather than the bedroom.
Right now in the U.S., we take advantage of IVF technology but only those with means are able to afford it. It’s about $12K to $30K per round and couples usually do about 3 rounds. In Poland, the cost is only $1,200 per round.
These are things we need to think about going forward. What are our values and ethics? Where do we stand on this genetic manipulation? How much of taxpayer dollars should we allow for everyone to have access to this technology? What are the implications for implicit bias and it’s effect on the population with people having access to make these God-like decisions?
We discuss this and more on today’s episode.
In this episode, you’ll learn:
🗣️ How genetic engineering works
🗣️ How it can cure diseases but there’s a caveat
🗣️ How genetic engineering could affect society
Listen to the Full Episode:
🧬 Genetically Modified Humans? DNA Hacking, What it Means to be Human, The End of Sex
👩🏿⚖️ Where is genetic engineering legal
👶🏿 A look at China and the effects of their one child rule
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