Saturday, 19 April 2014

One day, this company could let you see your baby before it's conceived




A New York-based startup called Genepeeks is launching a new service this month that uses genetic information from sperm donors and their recipients to create thousands of possible digital embryos — and learn about what kind of children the pair can make. The product's designed to warn future parents about pairs that lead to high risks for genetic diseases, but a patent granted earlier this year suggests the technology can be used to select for certain cosmetic traits in offspring. The founders say that they currently have no plans to follow that line of business, but it does raise questions about designer babies. New research shows Americans are against the idea, and a backlash last year against a similar patent granted to 23andMe...
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