Designer Babies on the Horizon?
Top of Mind with Julie Rose - Radio Archive, Episode 632 , Segment 3
Episode: Trump and DACA, Money Can Buy Happiness, Girls Who Code
- Sep 5, 2017 11:00 pm
- 15:54 mins
Guest: John Basl, PhD, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Northeastern University Individuals with inherited, potentially fatal diseases can find it excruciating to know, as they become parents, that they might be passing these genes on to their children. Scientists have recently been able to edit one of these diseases from a human embryo, which could radically change how we can fight disease. But could the technology also allow people to decide whether their children have curly or straight hair, long eyelashes, or superior math skills? In other words, are that much closer to a world of designer babies?