Gattaca Rising: Humanity Closes in on Designer Babies | Geek and Sundry

In 1997, Gattaca told us a cautionary tale about the intertwined nature of totalitarianism and genetic discrimination. Not everybody listened. In the years between ’97 and now, eugenics (the study of “improving” the qualities of the human species through manipulation) has made a number of advances. Many of the concepts that were Sci-Fi a decade ago are now fact. Here’s how it’s happening: Just by looking at an embryo’s DNA, scientists can determine that person’s sex, eye color, and hair color (with skin color coming soon). Even things like your ability to taste bitter food, whether you can hold your liquor, and the consistency of your earwax can be predicted. After your genetic makeup is detected, the process of selecting who you end up being can begin—or rather, the process of which you ends up being born at all. You may recall from the show Friends that in vitro fertilization involves multiple embryos being implanted at once. Before those embryos get implanted, however, they can

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