Lord Robert Winston warns over child ‘eugenics’

Genetic technologies could be exploited in the future to produce more intelligent, stronger and attractive offspring, with better regulation needed to guard against the dangers, a leading fertility expert has warned.

Professor Lord Robert Winston will this week give a lecture at the Roslin Institute in Edinburgh, where he will warn that current controls will not be able to keep pace with advances in reproductive technologies. He will say a “form of eugenics” could lead to people wanting to modify their children to enhance “desirable characteristics” such as intelligence and beauty.

But Prof Winston said this form of eugenics – improving human qualities through the reproductive process – could have serious implications for the individuals involved and society in general.

Read the full article here: Lord Robert Winston warning over child ‘eugenics’

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