Oct 1, 2006

just like me: selecting embryos for disabilities

Most of the debates about genetic screening involve fear that it will result in gender imbalance, or super-people who leave the rest of us behind--and the potential slippery slope to eliminating the weak.

What, though, of those who would intentionally design a child with a disability?
Deep inside the report is this paragraph: "Some prospective parents have sought PGD to select an embryo for the presence of a particular disease or disability, such as deafness, in order that the child would share that characteristic with the parents. Three per cent of IVF-PGD clinics report having provided PGD to couples who seek to use PGD in this manner."
We desire to control our destiny, and the destiny of those who come after. But what if our choice rests on flawed premises?

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