Searching for the perfect child

Inmaculada de Melo-Martin, M.S., Ph.D., Zev Rosenwaks, M.D.

Volume 103, Issue 2, Pages 342-343


The disappearance of natural reproduction is a well-known aspect of the society described in Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World. In this classic novel, children are not born, but are created by technological means. Huxley presented this as one more characteristic of a dystopian society. Lee Silver of Princeton University recently shared his vision of a future in which people will not conceive naturally (1). According to Silver, natural conception is too risky. To create this less risky future, Silver is introducing a patented technology that uses the DNA of prospective parents to predict disease risk in their hypothetical children.

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