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A new test will predict how smart a baby will be before he is born

This is not a well-known fact, but still withIn vitro fertilization (IVF) procedure, future parents have the opportunity to choose one of several embryos that will later develop into a full-fledged organism. Of course, before this, scientists conduct certain tests so that the unborn child is healthy. But a group of scientists from the company Genomic Prediction has developed another very interesting diagnostic method, which will provide an opportunity to find out how intellectually developed a person can be who will be born after 9 months.

According to the publication New Scientist, the newthe diagnostic algorithm will not show what exact IQ level the unborn child will have. He will be able to predict how high the risk of cognitive impairment, which is almost always accompanied by a drop in intelligence. With this knowledge, parents will be able to make informed decisions about whether to continue the pregnancy after genetic counseling. However, even the scientists themselves are not sure that the technology they created should be used.

“Of course, we can weed out less intelligent children at the IVF stage, but this does not mean that we should do this. Creating “designer kids” with a given IQ level raises a lot of ethical questions. ”

In this case, experts rely on analysis dataDNA, which has been successfully used to identify serious genetic mutations in the embryo during IVF, has been a number of years. Only here is the method developed by Genomic Prediction that involves a deeper analysis of genetic material and reveals a whole bunch of cognitive impairments associated with certain parts of the genome that potentially affect intelligence.

“Our method is not accurate enough toPredict the IQ for each embryo, but in the future it can tell potential parents which embryos are likely to have lower IQs and which are higher. ”said Genomic Prediction co-founder Stephen Shue.

Of course, the creation of "designer children" isextremely controversial point, and we even recently had material on this topic. What do you think about this? How reasonable is human intervention in the genome? Tell us about it in our chat in Telegram.