Pretty scary stuff. Sample here…the whole story at the link.
It’s not exactly news that China is setting itself up as a new global superpower, is it? While Western civilization chokes on its own gluttony like a latter-day Marlon Brando, China continues to buy up American debt and lock away the world’s natural resources. But now, not content to simply laugh and make jerk-off signs as they pass us on the geopolitical highway, they’ve also developed a state-endorsed genetic-engineering project.
At BGI Shenzhen, scientists have collected DNA samples from 2,000 of the world’s smartest people and are sequencing their entire genomes in an attempt to identify the alleles which determine human intelligence. Apparently they’re not far from finding them, and when they do, embryo screening will allow parents to pick their brightest zygote and potentially bump up every generation’s intelligence by five to 15 IQ points. Within a couple of generations, competing with the Chinese on an intellectual level will be like challenging Lena Dunham to a getting-naked-on-TV contest…
**How will the research be applied?** Once you’ve got that information and a fertilized egg that’s divided into a few cells, **you can sample one of the cells to figure out the expected intelligence** if it’s implanted and becomes a person. **What does that mean in human language?** Any given couple could potentially have several eggs fertilized in the lab with the dad’s sperm and the mom’s eggs. Then you can test multiple embryos and **analyze which one’s going to be the smartest. That kid would belong to that couple as if they had it naturally, but it would be the smartest a couple would be able to produce if they had 100 kids.** It’s not genetic engineering or adding new genes, it’s the genes that couples already have. **And over the course of several generations you’re able to exponentially multiply the population’s intelligence.** Right. **Even if it only boosts the average kid by five IQ points, that’s a huge difference in terms of economic productivity, the competitiveness of the country, how many patents they get, how their businesses are run, and how innovative their economy is.**
Now this is all preliminary AND based on finding most of the genetic contributors to intelligence…but it is technically possible.
Question: Assuming this research in China is fruitful…What should the USA response to this be??