London: In the
future, men and women may rely on their genetic compatibility to
choose their life partners rather than through a fickle emotion
such as love.
Besides, the falling cost of DNA testing would prompt young people
to pay to access their entire genetic code within five or 10
years, according to Armand Leroi, a leading British scientist and
professor at Imperial College London.
While it was unlikely people will have the "luxury" of using the
technology to design babies, by their intellect or eye colour,
they would instead focus on stopping genetic diseases, reports the
Addressing a session, at the Euroscience Open Forum 2012, Dublin,
Leroi said the cost of genetic sequencing was falling so quickly
that "it is going to become very, very accessible, very, very
soon." The cost of doing a complete genetic map of a person has
fallen from $1 billion more than a decade ago to about $4,000.
He said eugenics were already available, with tens of thousands of
unborn babies with Down's syndrome and other illnesses being
aborted every year. He told the conference on Thursday: "These
processes are very well established in most European countries."
These possibilities were debated at the Euroscience Open Forum
2012 in Dublin.