A new form of genetic tests is raising a serious question of ethics.
Genomic Prediction has developed genetic tests to determine whether embryos have certain conditions, such as the risk of some diseases or lower intelligence. The New Jersey firm is already negotiating with in vitro fertilization (IVF) companies to use the tests on embryos being screened for implantation.
Dr. David Prentice of the Charlotte Lozier Institute tells OneNewsNow science once said this would not happen and could not be done.
"Now you see that people are pushing the envelope, not just to measure your intelligence, but to measure it through your DNA and essentially to slot you even from the beginning of your life when you're still an embryo," he comments.
He says the obvious result is that embryos will be destroyed if they fail to measure up to someone's idea of a high enough IQ. And that is a drastic action to take, especially when it is based on a test that is not very accurate.
"One of the scientists himself said that they only can predict really somewhere around about five percent of what your IQ might be," Dr. Prentice reports. "They're not able to look at all the environmental factors that might affect you, and they call their predictions at this point 'fuzzy.'"
Tests already determine whether preborn babies, or embryos in IVF labs, lean toward certain genetic problems, such as Down syndrome. In those cases, some doctors encourage mothers to terminate the pregnancy, not giving the unborn baby the chance to live. So another scary thought is the new testing could use science to create designer babies.