Will we be able to genetically tweak our offspring?

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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?
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« Last Edit: 11/12/2012 18:43:59 by _system »

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Will we be able to genetically tweak our offspring?
« Reply #1 on: 11/12/2012 18:43:59 »
We answered this question on the show...

 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.
« Last Edit: 11/12/2012 18:43:59 by _system »