Embryo Editing for Higher IQ Is a Fantasy. Embryo Profiling for It Is Almost Here

February 12, 2019

(STAT News) – A different approach aimed at enhancing IQ is far less fantastic. We’re calling it embryo profiling, and it could be done today. Embryo profiling capitalizes on the ability to add up the minuscule effects associated with thousands of genetic variants to create what’s called a polygenic score. On the basis of this score, researchers can make predictions about an embryo’s likelihood of exhibiting given traits, from developing cardiovascular disease to going far in school.

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