Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Increased Genetic Testing of Embryos Raises Ethical Questions

EmbryosThe New York Times: Ethics Questions Arise as Genetic Testing of Embryos Increases, by Gina Kolata:

. . . Genetic testing of embryos has been around for more than a decade, but its use has soared in recent years as methods have improved and more disease-causing genes have been discovered. The in vitro fertilization and testing are expensive — typically about $20,000 — but they make it possible for couples to ensure that their children will not inherit a faulty gene and to avoid the difficult choice of whether to abort a pregnancy if testing of a fetus detects a genetic problem.

But the procedure also raises unsettling ethical questions that trouble advocates for the disabled and have left some doctors struggling with what they should tell their patients. . . .

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