Welcome to the brave new world, where science now fully creates humans, and you choose your children from test tubes. This science fiction based future is closer to reality than one might think, the designer baby devolution is not a futuristic event. Instead, it could take place in the next few years.
But that’s not all that could take place in the next few years, in fact, scientists are currently working on processes that would allow for ‘baby farming’ as The Guardian calls it. The lab procedure, known as in vitro gametogenesis (IVG), is based on allowing fertility clinics to make sperm and eggs from people’s skin.
The process has only been tested in mice and has yet to be tested on humans, but the field is progressing so fast that the dramatic impact it could have on society must be planned now.
“We try not to take a position on these issues except to point out that before too long we may well be facing them, and we might do well to start the conversation now,” said Eli Adashi, professor of medical science at Brown University in Rhode Island.
The creation of sperm and eggs from tissue has become possible because of recent advances in which scientists have learned first to reprogram adult cells into a younger, more versatile state, and then to grow them into functioning sex cells. Just recently in October scientists in Japan announced for the first time the birth of baby mice from eggs made with their parent’s skin.
The technology is still in its early stages, and testing on humans is still illegal in the UK and the US. However, given the reality that science is advancing so fast, there could be a rushed change in laws which would allow particular sciences to pass; which is why action must be taken now to curb the worst case scenario outcome. (Click to Article)