A professor from Stanford Law School came up with an interesting hypothesis regarding procreation. He believes, in about 20 or 30 years, humans will no longer use sex as the primary method to make babies. Instead, we would opt for selecting embryos for in-lab breeding, as this method would turn out cheaper and more practical.
A new method of procreation
Professor Hank Greely, director of the Center for Law and the Biosciences at Stanford Law School, is the one who thinks sex will become outdated in the next decades – at least as a method of procreation. A few days ago, during the Aspen Ideas Festival, he presented his idea of future, where people would opt for this cheaper method of selecting embryos and growing them into human beings in a laboratory.
He even described how the entire process should go. First of all, scientists have to collect DNA from both parents, and then scan it together. This will assure them the embryo is not susceptible to any genetic diseases, or that it doesn’t contain any genetic variants which make it vulnerable.
Parents would be able to customize their baby
What would be interesting about this method is the fact that parents would be able to ‘customize’ their child. Certain traits, such as eye color or hair color, could be selected beforehand. Also, it might be possible for intelligence genes to be sneaked into the genetic code. All of these will be possible thanks to CRISPR, the genetic editing technique currently used in labs.
This is not the first time when such an idea is suggested by scientists. As expected, it comes with certain ethical concerns. Removing genetic diseases from an embryo’s genes might sound fine, but introducing cosmetic features or improving the structure of the brain comes brings tons of controversy.
However, Greely says such a procreation technique is inevitable in the future. Also, this process won’t produce super babies. He claims the final result won’t exceed the traits that can be taken from two people, so there shouldn’t be any ethical concerns.
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