Can China really breed a crop of genetically selected geniuses?

The following is an edited excerpt.

What if science offered a way to stack the odds in favor of a healthy, gifted child? The idea is as thrilling as it is alarming. But how realistic is it? Last week, a widely shared story in the magazine Vice suggested it’s imminent and inevitable—just not in the hidebound United States.

The article, headlined “China Is Engineering Genius Babies,” reports that our superpower frenemies in the East have hatched a grand plan to breed a crop of hyperproductive smartypants. Key parts of the story are true, but large swaths are naïve, misleading, or grossly overstated.

Read the full article here: The Myth of the Superbaby

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