[LISTEN] Design your own baby...with THREE parents!
The 1997 dystopian movie Gattaca depicted a world where parents were encouraged to determine the genetic make-up of their children before they were born.
But the idea could be closer than we'd previously thought.
Scientists believe human procreation will be achieved in labs over the next 20 to 30 years and prospective parents able to choose an embryo of their choice based on the knowledge provided by their DNA.
Trend Translator and Future Finance Specialist for Flux Trends, Bronwyn Williams shares more on some of these developments and explains the three parent technique - a technique developed to help infertile parents produce healthy children.
What they do is, they can substitute the mitochondria DNA, the nuclear DNA remains untouched, by replacing that exterior DNA with a donors DNA you end up with a child that has three DNA based parents.Bronwyn Williams , Trend Translator and Future Finance Specialist for Flux Trends
Williams shares more details on the trend of designer babies - the crispr technique - which allows researchers to easily alter DNA sequences and modify gene function - and what this means for the future.
Crispr technology has been going on all over the world. China is leading that field.Bronwyn Williams , Trend Translator and Future Finance Specialist for Flux Trends
It opens up ethics of not just whether we should be playing God but also ethics in terms of, if people start engineering perfect children who are smart and good at sport, that is only going to be available to people with means. It will be an expensive treatment, even just IVF is expensive.Bronwyn Williams , Trend Translator and Future Finance Specialist for Flux Trends
So when this ultra rich class start to be able to design their own children and their children engineer the next generation, we start diverging into quite an interesting path where the human race could actually splinter into two distinct species.Bronwyn Williams , Trend Translator and Future Finance Specialist for Flux Trends
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