Banning genetic enhancement technologies will only encourage medical tourism and worsen social inequality


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by Dr Alexis Heng Boon Chin In a recent large-scale survey conducted in the USA that was published in the prestigious journal “Science”, it was revealed that the desire to utilize preimplantation genetic testing with polygenic scoring (PGT-P) and germline gene editing to enhance the cognitive ability and academic performance of one’s offspring is not confined only to idiosyncratic and fringe elements of society. Out of the approximately 6,800 people being polled, 38% of them indicated that they are more likely than not to utilize genetic testing to enable their child to enter top-ranked elite universities. More surprisingly, 28% of...