How Your Genome Could Impact Your Next Date
As the scientist at the forefront of his field, Harvard geneticist George Church sees the issues coming before the bioethicists do. What about altering pig organs to implant in humans? What about using gene therapy to stop aging? While he ponders these questions, he also considers how we should be paid to get our genomes sequenced — and then how we might use that information to prevent birth defects. That could spawn new ethical considerations, such as: Do we screen for risk factors on dating apps before asking someone out for coffee?