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Embryo selection for complex traits is impracticable

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.326.7379.53/a (Published 04 January 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:53
  1. Edwin P Kirk, staff specialist in medical genetics ([email protected])
  1. Sydney Children's Hospital, High Street, Randwick, NSW 2031, Australia

    EDITOR—With respect to the news item by Hargreaves,1 much of the concern about the possibility of “designer babies” is misplaced. The barriers to successful selection of “superior” babies are likely to remain insurmountable, outside the context of selection for babies unaffected by genetic disease (which is generally not controversial).

    Traits such as intelligence and aspects of personality are genetically complex. Any one gene …

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