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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.