"The fox knows many things, but the hedgehog knows one big thing."


Glenn Reynolds:

Barack Obama:
"Impossible to transcend."

Albert A. Gore, Jr.:
"An incontinent brute."

Rev. Jeremiah Wright:
"God damn the Gentleman Farmer."

Friends of GF's Sons:
"Is that really your dad?"

Kickball Girl:
"Keeping 'em alive until 7:45."

Hired Hand:
"I think . . . we forgot the pheasant."

I'm an
Alcoholic Yeti
in the
TTLB Ecosystem

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Welcome to Gattaca

Not to worry, it's only science fiction. Scientific American, that's science fiction, right?
The patent in question, issued on September 24th, describes a method of “gamete donor selection based on genetic calculations.” 23andMe would first sequence the DNA of a man or woman who wants a baby as well as the DNA of several potential sperm or egg donors. Then, the company would calculate which pairing of hopeful parent and donor would most likely result in a child with various traits.
Illustrations in the patent depict drop down menus with choices like: "I prefer a child with Low Risk of Colorectal Cancer;" "High Probability of Green Eyes;" "100% Likely Sprinter;" and "Longest Expected Life Span" or "Least Expected Life Cost of Health Care."
O wonder!
How many goodly creatures are there here!
How beauteous mankind is!
O brave new world, That has such people in't.

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