September 2, 2006
Call it Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis or valids and invalids, it's all coming true. More frequently than ever, parents are choosing which embryo to implant and bear based on their genetic packages. The field, known as reprogenetics, is burgeoning. It's expensive - isn't everything? - and most health insurance won't cover the cost. But don't worry, that isn't stopping tons of parents-to-be.
This New York Times article profiles a couple who has made sure their daughter will not carry her father's gene for predisposition to colon cancer. The question is, of course, how far will we go?
Already, it is possible to test embryos for an inherited form of deafness or a mild skin condition, or for a predisposition to arthritis or obesity. Some clinics test for gender. As scientists learn more about the genetic basis for inherited traits, and as people learn more about their genetic makeup, the embryo screening menu and its array of ethical dilemmas are only expected to grow.
(Via NYT > National.)
Posted by MostlyForMe at September 2, 2006 9:13 PM