IQ Tests Before Birth

A new technology is able to perform a genetic screening process that can search for signs that an embryo may be carrying specific genetic diseases. In other words, whether or not the child about to be born will have a low IQ level.

This in turn, raises some ethical issues and questions about the future of the child.  Genomic Prediction, a company that specializes in gene research has found a way to search IVF fertilized embryos, meaning when an egg and sperm are combined in a lab, and then implanted into the uterus.

Their new method will be able to delve into more complex genetic conditions than ever before. However, just because we can, it does not mean that we should try to avoid bringing less intelligent babies into the world.

It’s also important to take note of the fact that IQ tests are not always the best measurement of intelligence, often favoring certain groups. A high IQ score on a test really just shows that one is capable of getting a high score.

Overall, however, the main goal of Genomic Prediction is not to select hyper-intellectual babies, but rather to see if an unborn baby depicts potential for certain cognitive disabilities. With these findings, parents would be able to make decisions about whether or not to carry through with a pregnancy.

Nonetheless, it is still a touchy subject.

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