The benefits of these techniques can prevent suffering, but imagine futures literally written in DNA before birth. All it would take is an ethical hop, and lots of money.
Sometime in the not-too-distant future, Marie and Antonio Freeman step into a doctor’s office to design their next child.
“Your extracted eggs, Marie, have been fertilized with Antonio’s sperm,” the doctor says. “After screening we’re left with, as you see, two healthy boys and two very healthy girls.”
A monitor displays what looks like soap bubbles that bumped into each other on a green background.
“Naturally, no critical predispositions to any of the major heritable diseases,” the doctor says. “All that remains is to select the most compatible candidate. We might as well start with gender—have you given it any thought?”
“We would want Vincent to have a brother, you know, to play with,” Marie says, referring to her first child.