“SOON TWO biotechnology firms will begin to offer couples undergoing in vitro fertilisation (IVF) the chance to screen embryos before they are implanted in the mother’s womb. This kind of preimplantation genetic diagnosis has, for nearly 30 years, been widely used to test for chromosomal abnormalities or specific genetic disorders that affect only a single gene, such as cystic fibrosis. MyOme, based in Menlo Park, California, and launching in 2019, and Genomic Prediction, based in North Brunswick, New Jersey, have something more revolutionary in mind.”
A slippery slope towards designer babies?, The Economist, November 14, 2018
Full disclosure: I liked both Gattaca and Soylent Green very much. Not take to desert island level, but enough to remember them fondly.
Oh, and while I have you… the Wapshott Press annual fundraiser officially starts on Giving Tuesday, November 27 this year because PayPal Giving Fund will add 1% to every donation. Here’s the webpage www.WapshottPress.org/2018-fundraiser for the perks, future plans, and the whole lovely story. Also, I’ve started a podcast called An Editor’s Work is Never Done (ooh, I have 2 followers already!) to help promote all things Wapshott Press, including this fundrasier. I haven’t officially launched it at Wapshott Press, but you, lucky Hackenblog readers, can hear my maiden voyage here at SoundCloud. Well, I guess I can embed the player
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