When it comes to the cost, an interesting issue arises. Surely this expensive process would only be available to rich elites, who could essentially wield enormous genetic control over the human race?
Greely’s response to this was to say that the entire process will be free for all to use. This would prevent inequality at this level from being endemic – even if richer nations like China and the US would be able to access this process first.
His argument that the process of embryo selection being cheaper than producing babies the old-fashioned way stems from the cost of healthcare post-birth. If it takes $10,000 to make a baby using this new method – one free from genetic diseases – then it could be far cheaper than caring for newborns that have these afflictions.
It’s an interesting concept, and perhaps surprising that such a procedure will be just a handful of decades away. Still, when you look at the incredible advances made in the field of CRISPR in the last few years, it seems less surprising. Scientific advancements, particularly in the biomedical field, often appear exponentially.
The future is rushing towards us, and at some point, complex moral and ethical decisions will have to be made that could change the course of history. No pressure then.