23andMe’s ‘build-a-baby’ patent criticised


A US patent for a database that uses DNA testing to tell prospective parents which traits their future offspring may inherit has been criticised by experts.

23andMe says its Family Traits Inheritor Calculator can predict the risk of inheriting specific diseases as well as details such as height, weight, eye colour and even personality.

Couples send the firm a saliva sample to see what their babies might be like.

But critics have called the project “ethically and socially treacherous”.

Designer babies

The patent suggests the database could also be used by fertility clinics to find appropriate donors.

But the Mountain View, California-based firm was quick to say this was no longer part of its plan.


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