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Gene editing will boost intelligence within ‘a few decades’

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'The Code Breaker' author and former CNN CEO Walter Isaacson joined Influencers with Andy Serwer to talk about his latest book and CRISPR technology as well as the future of bioengineering.

Video Transcript

WALTER ISAACSON: Eventually, we'll be able to edit things that have multiple genes and then we really get into a brave new world-- no pun-- well, I guess a pun intended because that's what Huxley writes about-- where we're going to be able to say, all right, we want to edit our children to have certain traits. And some of those traits will be relatively easy to edit, such as muscle mass is something that's a pretty simply regulated by a simple set of genes.

And eventually more complex things-- we can probably edit things like hair color, eye color, height, and eventually things like memory. And, of course, down the road a few decades from now, even general intelligence, we'll be able to tweak things so that, you know, it will help-- maybe boost a few IQ points. That's in the realm of science fiction, but like all good science fiction, some of it's come true already.