Genetic test aims to predict an embryo’s intelligence, height and health
Genetic test aims to predict an embryo’s intelligence and health
A new genetic test straight out of a dystopian sci-fi film aims to let hopeful parents pick smarter, taller, and healthier babies.
Laurent Tellier, the founder of New Jersey startup Genomic Predictions, used the 1997 movie “Gattaca” as inspiration for a DNA screening method that scores embryos with risk estimates for diabetes, heart disease, and other illnesses – and gives a report card on their predicted height and intelligence.
The test is being offered to prospective parents at IVF clinics as an add-on to standard tests that only screen for major abnormalities, according to MIT Technology Review.
“Gattaca,” starring Ethan Hawke, imagined a society organized according to the results of genetic tests.