“Apple launched ResearchKit and got a fantastic response. The obvious next thing is to collect DNA,” says Gholson Lyon, a geneticist at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, who isn’t involved with the studies.
One issue facing Apple is whether consumers are even interested in their DNA. So far, most people still have no real use for genetic data, and common systems for interpreting it are lacking as well. “In 10 years it could be incredibly significant,” says Lyon. “But the question is, do they have a killer app to interact with their [DNA] quickly and easily.”
Scientists are developing ways to edit the DNA of tomorrow’s children
” The fear is that germ-line engineering is a path toward a dystopia of superpeople and designer babies for those who can afford it. “
” You can do it. But there really isn’t a medical reason. People say, well, we don’t want children born with this, or born with that—but it’s a completely false argument and a slippery slope toward much more unacceptable uses. ”
” To some scientists, the explosive advance of genetics and biotech means germ-line engineering is inevitable. Ultimately, if the benefits seem to outweigh the risks, medicine would take the chance. ”