Is Our Future Really Written in Our Genes?

January 7, 2019

(Scientific American) – King’s College London geneticist Robert Plomin, in his new book, Blueprint, presents DNA as a “fortune-teller” that is “100 percent reliable” and that can “predict your future from birth.” He also argues that the “only systematic, stable and long-lasting source of who we are is DNA.” A U.S. company, Genomic Prediction, recently said it will offer embryo selection based on polygenic scores for intelligence. And the announcement from China that human babies had been born with CRISPR-edited genomes immediately prompted visions of its use for the creation of “designer babies.” with alterations of genes affecting all kinds of traits, including intelligence.

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