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Meet your baby before it has been conceived

By T.K. Randall
April 10, 2014 · Comment icon 4 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 (4)




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Comment icon #1 Posted by AliveInDeath7 10 years ago
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 10 years ago
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: 10 years ago
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. 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 10 years ago
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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