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Will Selecting Embryos for IQ Be the New Eugenics?

Two companies, Genomic Prediction and MyOme, claim they can screen embryos created using IVF for low intelligence (IQ) and cognitive disability.1 These companies do this by making use of large datasets and sophisticated algorithms to identify a pattern of genetic markers that correlate to cognitive abilities. In a statement, Genomic Prediction co-founder Stephen Hsu said the company will not use this technology to select for high IQ, but only against mental disabilities. But he points out that eventually someone will use this technology to select for intelligence.2

Genomic Prediction and MyOme use something called a "polygenic risk score" to identify an embryo's risk for a cognitive disability....


has an M.S. in chemistry from the University of Texas at Dallas, and an M.A. in bioethics from Trinity International University. She resides in Dallas and currently works as a freelance science writer and educator.

This article originally appeared in Salvo, Issue #48, Spring 2019 Copyright © 2024 Salvo |


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