ETHICISTS wrote in their journal Genetics in Medicine that “selecting children in (such) ways is immensely ethically controversial” and authorities should have reflected on the ethical implications before approving the patent.
Jayne Lucke, from the University of Queensland’s Centre
for Clinical Research, said the company would not be certified to pursue this
line even if it wanted to. Most countries only permit selection of embryos, ova
or sperm for disease prevention purposes. In any case, parents could never be
assured of having certain types of babies.