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Progress in genetic testing of embryos stokes fears of designer babies

Recent announcements by two biotechnology companies have stoked fears that designer babies could soon be an option for those who can afford to pick and choose which features they want for their offspring. The companies, MyOme and Genomic Prediction, have been working on technology that they hope to sell to fertility clinics, which could someday lead to the option of terminating pregnancies if fetuses have undesirable characteristics, such as low IQ levels.  Genetic testing of embryos fertilized via in vitro fertilization has been available for almost 30 years—it is routinely conducted to look for abnormalities in chromosomes that lead to disorders such as cystic fibrosis. But such tests have been limited in scope. Advances in technology now allow for screening for more possible conditions and soon, certain undesirable characteristics.  Read more...
 

 

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