2013 May 19 Sunday
Families Without Sons Kidnap Babies In China

In March, the China Daily reported that there were around one million families who had lost children in China. Some 76,000 families lost a child each year, the newspaper claimed.

Many of the victims are young boys who are then sold to families who are in search of a son.

I see a big business opportunity. Take something like Microsort's technology for separating X and Y sperm. Start up a business for it in Vietnam, South Korea, or Taiwan: any place which is short flight from China. A big business could be made selling this service to prospective Chinese parents, tilting the odds in favor of a boy.

Microsort doesn't have a 100% accuracy. But a couple could combine sperm separation with IVF and pre-implantation genetic testing to get guaranteed sex of offspring. Add in some testing for genetic variants that correlate with higher IQ and suddenly the case for doing this becomes very compelling.

Embryo selection is going to become a really big business when genetic tests can be used to detect and reduce offspring harmful genetic load and boost IQ and other measures of function.

Share |      By Randall Parker at 2013 May 19 08:57 PM 

Engineer-Poet said at May 23, 2013 8:24 AM:
A big business could be made selling this service to prospective Chinese parents, tilting the odds in favor of a boy.
Thus increasing the numbers of unmarriageable men even further.  No good can come from this.
SFG said at May 23, 2013 8:27 AM:

You know they have ultrasound at the doctor's office, right?

Also, you'll have lots of unmarriageable men ('bare branches' in Chinese lingo). How do societies deal with a surplus of young men? Oh, right, war.

Randall Parker said at May 23, 2013 8:47 PM:


No good: I disagree. A higher male-to-female ratio will reduce the ability of dumber men to reproduce. I expect smarter future generations as a result.


I expect the married, smarter, affluent men and women (who will be the overwhelming majority) to keep down the single men. Some of the single men will hope if they behave well, perform well, and save then by their 30s they'll be able to hook up with a younger woman who wants a proven mate. Some of those men will be right. The rest will be too old to do street fighting by the time they give up.

Engineer-Poet said at May 24, 2013 6:44 AM:

It will limit the ability of less-aggressive men to reproduce, diverting effort from producing into fighting.  I am not a fan of a more-violent future, TYVM.

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