A new test will predict how smart a child will be before birth.



This is not a well-known fact, but still during the procedure of in vitro fertilization (IVF), 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 to ensure 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 in 9 months.

According to the publication New Scientist, the new diagnostic algorithm will not show what the exact level of IQ will be in the unborn child. He will be able to predict how high the risk of cognitive impairment, which is almost always accompanied by a drop in the level of 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 created by them 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 it. Creating “designer children” with a given IQ level raises many ethical questions. ”

At the same time, experts rely on DNA analysis data, which has been successfully used to detect serious genetic mutations of the embryo during IVF not for the first year. Only here the method developed by Genomic Prediction suggests a deeper analysis of genetic material and reveals a whole heap of cognitive impairments associated with certain parts of the genome, potentially affecting intelligence.

“Our method is not accurate enough to predict IQ for each embryo, but in the future it can indicate to potential parents which of the embryos are more likely to have an IQ below average and which are higher,” said Stephen Shue, co-founder of Genomic Prediction. .

Of course, the creation of “designer children” is an extremely controversial moment, and we even recently had material on this subject. What do you think about this? How justified is human intervention in the genome?

This is not a well-known fact, but still during the procedure of in vitro fertilization (IVF), 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 to ensure 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 in 9 months.

According to the publication New Scientist, the new diagnostic algorithm will not show what the exact level of IQ will be in the unborn child. He will be able to predict how high the risk of cognitive impairment, which is almost always accompanied by a drop in the level of 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 created by them 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 it. Creating “designer children” with a given IQ level raises many ethical questions. ”

At the same time, experts rely on DNA analysis data, which has been successfully used to detect serious genetic mutations of the embryo during IVF not for the first year. Only here the method developed by Genomic Prediction suggests a deeper analysis of genetic material and reveals a whole heap of cognitive impairments associated with certain parts of the genome, potentially affecting intelligence.

“Our method is not accurate enough to predict IQ for each embryo, but in the future it can indicate to potential parents which of the embryos are more likely to have an IQ below average and which are higher,” said Stephen Shue, co-founder of Genomic Prediction. .

Of course, the creation of “designer children” is an extremely controversial moment, and we even recently had material on this subject. What do you think about this? How justified is human intervention in the genome?

 


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