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Meet your baby before it has been conceived


Posted on Thursday, 10 April, 2014 | Comment icon 5 comments

The system uses a computer to work out a baby's genetic traits. Image Credit: sxc.hu
A new service is offering the chance to find out what a child might be like even before conception.
Known as 'Matchright', the technique is designed to give prospective parents the opportunity to determine whether their child will be susceptible to health problems from inherited genetic diseases.

It works by virtually combining the DNA of both parents using a computer simulation, calculating the risks from specific conditions and even physical traits such as eye color, height and waist size. The method is particularly useful for screening sperm donors to see how their genes will combine with those of the intended mother.

While the technology could prove invaluable in avoiding genetic health problems, some critics have argued that it could lead to a future of 'designer babies' in which children are born with specific physical characteristics.

"It covers any disease or any trait that has a genetic influence," said Lee Silver who co-founded the company that markets the technology.

Source: New Scientist | Comments (5)

Tags: Baby, Birth, DNA


 
Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by AliveInDeath7 on 10 April, 2014, 1:11
That's rather remarkable:) When my love and I have ours, I would only want to know the gender. After all, it's a secret package.
Comment icon #2 Posted by paperdyer on 10 April, 2014, 16:19
Interesting. "While the technology could prove invaluable in avoiding genetic health problems, some critics have argued that it could lead to a future of 'designer babies' in which children are born with specific physical characteristics. Just like the "Chromes" on Fox's Almost Human
Comment icon #3 Posted by :PsYKoTiC:BeHAvIoR: on 10 April, 2014, 17:02
Reminds me of the Family Guy episode where Stewie and Brian were jumping in alternate universes and stumble upon one where everybody was beautiful, even Meg. Haha.
Comment icon #4 Posted by nohands on 12 April, 2014, 5:00
Nice article.. Aw the future generati0ns may bec0me hi level beings.. And h0w i w0nder if it can increase a baby's e.s.p too?


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