What’s in it for me? Discover the genetic revolution.
Imagine walking into a fertility clinic in the year 2035. Thanks to the latest, state of the art gene technology you can reduce the chances that your child will develop Alzheimer’s disease, certain types of cancer and heart disease later in life. You can even choose traits which will influence your offspring’s height, IQ and personality type.
This scenario might sound like science fiction, but it could soon be reality. Thanks to recent leaps in technology and a better understanding of the human genome, we will be able to play an increasingly active role in designing our future offspring. Welcome to the genetic revolution.
In these blinks, you’ll survey the history of evolutionary biology and genetics, spanning from Darwinian evolutionary theory to the latest in gene technology.
In these blinks, you’ll learn
- why a genetically altered baby is no more unnatural than a vaccinated one;
- how you might soon be able to change your skin color to blue; and
- how developments in genetic engineering could mean the end of hereditary disease.