Video Three: Choosing Our Children’s Traits

Apr 3, 2009 by

The video below, “Choosing Our Children’s Traits,” is the third in a series of five mini-videos designed to launch a grassroots conversation about new technologies that could fundamentally change our human nature.

We hear a lot about DNA testing these days. People use it to find out more about their ancestry and doctors use it to determine people’s susceptibility to certain diseases. But what about using it to help parents decide what sports and careers children should pursue?

Parents who send their children to Chongqing Children’s Palace, a summer camp in China, have their children’s DNA tested by the Shanghai Biochip Corporation, which says it can “extract information about a child’s IQ, emotional control, focus, memory, and athletic and musical abilities.” The DNA tests are used to help camp staff advise parents about what sports their children should take up and what subjects they should study.

Would you want your child tested? What are the pros and cons of this kind of testing?

New technologies are raising new questions for parents. The video below is about a company in the United States that tests children for athletic ability. Like all the videos in this mini-series, it is designed to get people thinking and talking about these new technologies and the often complicated issues they raise.

Please take a look at the video, find out more by exploring these resources, and please share the link to this site with your family and friends to keep the conversation going. (continue below)


The fourth video in this series, “Designing Our Babies?” will be released on August 5 and our fifth, and final, video, “How Far Would You Go” will be released on September 5. Please sign up for ourRSS Feed and we’ll let you know as soon as they are available.

We welcome your comments and reactions. Please share them at the link below.

Enola G. Aird,

Director, Mothers for a Human Future


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