It seems as though we are moving closer to the world portrayed in Gatca shown below.
While we are still amist the controversy of the value of the invasive procedure called an amniocenteses, scientists are coming within 90 percent accuracy of reconstructing a child’s DNA. While the cost of this method of discovery is still too cost prohibitive to be used main stream, it makes some pause and wonder how much information is too much?
Currently, parents can predetermine the likely hood a child will have certain ailments such as Autism. Not all women jump at the chance to have this invasive test which can cause complications. This DNA construction could show the same results and more without the risk to the pregnancy.
I smell a lot of trouble with this new technology. A mother loves a child sometimes even before she knows it exists. Will there be medical and social pressure to have a “perfect” child? What about Gatica? Will some feel so strongly about eye and hair color, physical and cognitive abilities that they will terminate pregnancies that don’t meet that criteria?
My biggest concern is for the mother. What type of pressure will she be under from the medical profession and from her family members?