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G: Unnatural Selection

G: Unnatural Selection

Update: 2019-07-2673
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This past fall, a scientist named Steve Hsu made headlines with a provocative announcement. He would start selling a genetic intelligence test to couples doing IVF: a sophisticated prediction tool, built on big data and machine learning, designed to help couples select the best embryo in their batch. We wondered, how does that work? What can the test really say? And do we want to live in a world where certain people can decide how smart their babies will be?


This episode was produced by Simon Adler, with help from Rachael Cusick and Pat Walters. Fact-checking by Michelle Harris. Engineering help from Jeremy Bloom.


Special thanks to Catherine Bliss.


Radiolab’s “G” is supported in part by Science Sandbox, a Simons Foundation initiative dedicated to engaging everyone with the process of science.


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Comments (20)

Danger Durian

"About as good a predictor as the SAT"... doesn't work on poc... that checks out

Sep 11th
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Wendy Bruder

I'm all for parents choosing better genetics for their kids if that's possible. why wouldn't someone want to give their offspring every possible advantage. eugenics doesn't always have to be a bad thing. just because the Nazis screwed it up doesn't mean some of the ideas dont hold water. just cant do it based on race, religion, sexual orientation etc.. humans should WANT to improve ourselves while also maintaining diversity.

Aug 21st
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Sarah Tomlin

yuck. using college education as a metric for intelligence? there is more correlation with socioeconomic status than "IQ" for predicting not only college attendance, but level of higher education attained, and GPA. missing this fundamental makes me question the "intelligence" of the individuals asserting this nonsense.

Aug 15th
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george v

This podcast was very interesting. I can understand what the gentleman with the genetics company is saying; however, I don't think that intelligence is based on your genes as much as he is implying. There is a lot of factors that your environment shapes, such as your discipline, diet, parents, exposure to different content and experiences. I don't believe you can tell what my GPA is going to be based on my genes. Unless there is a gene that indicates the amount of partying, the video gaming, among everything else I'm going to be doing. There is always a 'Jesse Owens' that you can't account for.

Aug 5th
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Jen Kohms

Holls Balls respectfully I don't understand what you're talkin about when you say that you want, ' regular Radiolab back'. This episode was as informative and interesting as any other Radiolab episode I've heard. Biology just interests me though, maybe it doesn't interest you?

Jul 31st
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Jen Kohms

I don't even know what you're talking about "regular raido lab", this episode was as informative and cool as any I've listened to.

Jul 31st
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olive

anybody thinking about Gatica?

Jul 31st
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Holls Balls

Uhg... I have not enjoyed this. I want regular RadioLab to come back.

Jul 26th
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