CHINA IS ENGINEERING GENIUS BABIES
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.
Geoffrey Miller, an evolutionary psychologist and lecturer at NYU, is one of the 2,000 braniacs who contributed their DNA. I spoke to him about what this creepy-ass program might mean for the future of Chinese kids.
BGI was created in 1999. Initially it participated in the Human Genome Project as China’s representative. After the project was completed BGI moved to Hangzhou in exchange for funding from the local government. The Rice genome was sequenced in 2002 which became a cover story in Science. In 2003 the SARS virus was sequenced and a detection kit quickly created. Later the first Asian genome was sequenced. In 2010 BGI dramatically expanded its sequencing capacity.
BGI states that in 2007 “the organization’s headquarters relocated to Shenzhen and founded the first citizen-managed, non-profit research institution in China”. In 2008, “BGI-Shenzhen was officially recognized as a state agency.”
BGI states that it has collaborations with fifteen out of the top twenty global pharmaceutical companies. BGI provides commercial science, health, agricultural, and informatics services.
“As soon as Deng Xiaoping took power in the late 70s, he took the whole focus of the Chinese government from trying to manage the economy, to trying to manage the quality and quantity of people.”
its not a movie..its real..
“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”