What will lower costs of DNA testing mean to a man and woman who want to be married?
According to Professor Armand Leroi of the Imperial College in London during a major science conference in Dublin, cheaper costs of DNA testing means a new era of eugenics.
Within five years, the prediction is that is may be common for young people to pay for a read-out of their entire genetic code and request to see the genetic blueprint of any prospective long-term partner which could apparently weed out any incurable diseases of their baby.
The focus would be on the design of a baby not for eye color or intelligence but to stop genetic diseases. Professor Leroi said that in some ways eugenics are already here as tens of thousands of unborn babies with Down’s syndrome and other illnesses are being aborted and are well established in European countries.
This blog will be watching for the next development world-wide in eugenics now that the cost of genetic sequencing is falling so rapidly and become so accessible to the general public.
We weren’t there during the first part of the 20th century when eugenics was fashionable in a different way around the globe as state governments attempted to better populations by sterilizing those deemed unfit to produce children.
In the l930’s, it all led to better baby contests and agricultural fairs in the Midwest where in addition to the pavilions for judging cattle or other livestock, there were ones to judge humans, too.
And as we all know, the Nazis took eugenics to a new level of deadly medicine. Eugenics may be legally correct but often may be morally wrong. What do you think?
Every mother-to-be wants to bear a healthy child. Do you think marriageable women will volunteer for such tests?