[Ed. note – Imagine a future in which the super rich were able to afford to have babies with enhanced genetic traits such as superior intelligence inserted, or “edited,” into embryos during the mother’s pregnancy. Conceivably (no pun intended) it could set the stage for a subdividing of the human species into a genetically superior ruling class, and a genetically inferior servant class. The article below would suggest that such a future may be closer than we think. Something to think about as we vault into the new year.]
By Janet Phelan
We knew it was coming to this. The GMO revolution wasn’t going to stop at our dinner table. But did we think it would happen so soon?
The first week in December, delegates from the top three gene-editing countries—China, the UK and the US—met in Washington, DC for a symposium on the future of gene-editing.