Genetically tweaking offspring?

11 December 2012

Question

Hey, Naked Scientists.

Will the science you're discussing - epigenetics - pave the way for ‘fine tuning’ our offspring?” in other words, actually making tweaks to them to make them healthier and fitter?

Answer

Stefanie - Wow, interesting question. One could imagine that this could eventually lead to something like this, but I think we're still in the process of understanding the basic mechanisms behind everything. Mark D. - I'll have to agree with Stefanie. I think it's possible. Our field of epigenetics is still very much in its infancy and understanding how genes are controlled, we're just starting to get a grip on this. So, it may be, in the future, we might be able to bespoke this process a bit better.

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