Bioethicists spark debate on “designer babies”
Bioethicists in Ghent and Leuven are creating a stir with their article on so-called designer babies
Patent for technique to determine a baby's characteristics sparks debate
Although the firm cannot guarantee future parents that their child has these desired characteristics, they can select the egg cell and sperm that increase the probability. Professor Sigrid Sterckx of the Bioethics Institute Ghent says that 23andMe and the US Patent and Trademark Office have not sufficiently considered the ethical implications and emphasises that public confidence is crucial to ensure the success of human genetics research.