The Wenatchee World

Weather:

Weather

The latest extended forecast from The Weather Channel

Remove this weather forecast

Overnight

Lo32° Areas Fog

Tuesday

Hi38° Areas Fog

Tuesday Night

Lo33° Patchy Fog

Wednesday

Hi41° Patchy Fog

Wednesday Night

Lo33° Mostly Cloudy

Thursday

Hi41° Partly Sunny

Thursday Night

Lo32° Partly Cloudy

Friday

Hi41° Mostly Sunny

Friday Night

Lo32° Partly Cloudy

Saturday

Hi41° Mostly Cloudy

Critics: Designer baby patent is ‘serious mistake’

Send to Kindle
Print This

LOS ANGELES — What’s even more repulsive than the idea of using DNA tests to help people create designer babies? Getting a patent for the idea.

23andMe, the pioneering direct-to-consumer genetic testing company, was awarded such a patent in September. U.S. Patent No. 8,543,339 is titled “Gamete donor selection based on genetic calculations,” and among the inventions it claims is the idea of using genetic tests and computer programs to predict the likely traits of a baby based on the DNA of its parents.

View my optionsorSign in