Having only two biological parents, that will soon be “so 2020”, so old-fashioned. At least that’s what futurist Amy Webb, who has co-authored a new book, suggests. “The Genesis Machine”, with geneticist Andrew Hessel. They mention it the possibilities and pitfalls of synthetic biology.
With our colleagues from washington post (Source 1), the futurologist evoked the future of procreation, which she imagines very different from what we know today. If until then, a baby was generally conceived from the DNA of a man and a woman, the “synthetic biology offers us other optionss”, believes Amy Webb. “Forty years from now, I think there may be several parents for one child, or that a 70-year-old person and their 60-year-old partner decide to have a baby”, she adds.
note that babies with three biological parents have already emerged, in particular to prevent the transmission of genetic diseases located in the DNA of mitochondria, the “energy factories” of our cells.
With the evocation of a future close to that described in the science fiction film “Welcome to Gattaca”, where eugenics is pushed to its climax, the futurist wants to be reassuring. If it is to be expected that geopolitical systems will use these new technologies to increase the intelligence of their population or to privilege certain physical traits, the manipulation of the genome also has its positive and ethical aspects. “The opportunity to make pregnancy easier for people who really want to become parents is something we should take”, she believes. “ Nowadays, conceiving a child relies on luck, or on having enough money to carry out many cycles of in vitro fertilization. It’s incredibly difficult in 2022 to have a child, it shouldn’t be that way.”, concluded Amy Webb.