handling disputes; Fetal effects are still highly controversial, with some geneticists calling them unproven and even unethical. Carl notes that IVF itself once attracted similar concerns. “Not to jump to a very, very obvious conclusion from my own life, but it’s really not that different, right?” she says. “If you have a moral objection to or disagree with the test, don’t use it.”
protest meeting; Recently, a group of experts writing in Science called the Federal Trade Commission to investigate the announcement of genomic predictions, drawing attention to Carr’s work. Carr said she has not heard from the agency. “I think all resistance is based on fear and ignorance,” she said. Once people figure out how the tests work, they say, “Nine times out of 10, they’re right, okay, that’s not what I thought.”
Predicting intelligence? The same kinds of results that can make a person less likely to develop schizophrenia can create doubts about how tall people will grow or how far they will go in school. And he is choosing the knowledge of children, which is the real lightning rod of society. Genomic prediction does not currently provide an intelligence score. “Theoretically speaking, it’s probably possible,” Carr said. “I don’t see that happening anytime soon. Maybe eventually, but as far as I know, we have no plans to add that. To be honest, we have our hands full.
What will fertility look like in 40 years? A tough question, says Carr. “I think more and more people will get IVF for new reasons, and genetic testing will be one of them,” she said. “You can see when an Uber car and a DoorDash and a pizza will land. My generation and the younger ones have come to expect more information.
America’s First IVF Baby Failure: “There’s definitely no lying about my age, and yes, it’s still a little embarrassing to be called a baby,” Carr said. “I think I’m just weighed down by this awkward title, but that’s okay.”