Our species is on the cusp of a revolution that will change every aspect of our lives but we’re hardly talking about it.
The genetics revolution that will transform our health care, and ultimately our evolutionary trajectory as a species has already begun.
Our ability and willingness to make genetic alterations to our future children will grow over time along with our knowledge and technological ability.
We are not remotely ready for what’s coming. Yet we must be, to optimise the benefits and minimise the potential harms of genetic technologies.
Human genetic science is one of the most important advancements of our time, but the benefits of these technologies could be overwhelmed by fear.
The exponential future is coming faster than most of us appreciate or are ready for. Like it or not, we are now all futurists.
If I determined that the benefits of genome-based embryo selection outweighed the risks, and, critically, my partner felt the same, I would do it.
Although repairing embryos is yet another step forward in a miraculous and ever-accelerating genetic revolution, it is only the beginning.
We have all the tools we need to alter the genetic makeup of our species. The realization is inevitable. Timing is the only variable.
Our future is at stake and we all, or at least as many as possible, must play a role determining how we move forward.
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