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PLAYING GOD: ‘End to sex’ in 30 years as parents will DESIGN their babies in the lab


A respected scientist has claimed that within 30 years parents-to-be will be able to design their babies in a LAB – and will remove the need for sex.

Hank Greely, the director of Stanford University’s Law School’s Center for Law and the Biosciences, says that couples will have a range of embryos created in a laboratory from their DNA.

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The embryo is created by taking skin cells from the female which can be used to make stem cells, then ultimately the eggs.

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The eggs are then fertilised which would result in several embryos which are then screened, allowing experts to see if they are prone to any diseases.

However, Mr Greely says that by doing this, parents will also be able to pick features such as hair colour and eye colour.

While this process is already possible, the Stanford professor says that it will be much cheaper in 30 years and that a lot of people would be willing to do it.

Speaking at the Aspen Ideas Festive, Mr Greely said: “People, particularly where I live in Silicon Valley, will want to do it to get their perfect egg.”

He added: “I don’t think we’re going to be able to say this embryo will get a 1550 on its two-part SAT.

“But, this embryo has a 60 per cent chance of being in the top half, this embryo has a 13 per cent chance of being in the top 10 per cent. I think that’s really possible.”

“I think one of the hardest things about this will be all the divorces that come about when she wants embryo number 15 and he wants embryo number 64.

“I think the decision making will be a real challenge for people.

“How do you weigh a slightly higher chance of diabetes with slightly lower risk of schizophrenia against better musical ability and a much lower risk of colon cancer? Good luck!”

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