Researchers are developing a new technique that might someday enable us to upgrade our children before they’re born.
Think of a SNP as a single genetic letter (A,T,C,G). Tinkering with the order of those letters could allow us to optimize our genetic code for the best possible outcomes.
This doesn’t mean creating babies with a certain hair or eye color, but rather lowering the odds of future heart disease or diabetes.
The procedure requires IVF for now: embryos can be SNP-profiled, and the best possible combination would be used for the pregnancy. Future generations would have those traits passed forward.
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