Harvard Scientist Launches Genetically Perfect Matching App

Famous Harvard geneticist George Church proposed the concept of a new program for the selection of couples, which will radically reduce the likelihood of genetic abnormalities in future generations. It will be implemented as a dating application that selects people not by their cultural or culinary habits, but based on DNA analysis. This is done in order to exclude the creation of couples whose genetically vulnerable offspring are possible.

The very idea of ​​filtering future parents for medical reasons is already being applied in a number of African countries where the population is historically vulnerable to sickle cell anemia. Blood tests are taken from the bride and groom, and if they detect a risk of this deviation in the child, they are forbidden to marry. You just need to find another partner - this is the easiest and cheapest way to save an entire nation.

According to Church, there are about 7,000 dangerous diseases, and 5% of the world's population carry defective dominant genes. To identify everyone, one decade is enough and costs of $ 1 trillion per year. After that it will be possible to compile a global library of genes and at any time to check what the unification of the genome of two arbitrary people will lead to and what risks it will bring.

Church insists that this is not about selection or eugenics. The application will not indicate with whom to marry, it will only exclude from the list those with whom it is risky to do so in the interests of the health of their future children. The final choice is still up to the people - but there is a risk that some structures will want to filter their customers on this basis. For example, today insurance companies often set higher rates for smokers in health insurance. What will prevent them from doing the same if the client is not born in a “perfectly healthy” family?

Post a Comment