Creating Designer Babies: the Smackdown Continues

15 Feb


PGD, or pre-implantation genetic diagnosis is being used to screen embryos for diseases such as cancer, and it’s now  being used to pick traits like gender, eye and hair color.  Last month, the New Scientist reported that the first UK baby genetically selected to be free of a form of breast cancer caused by BRCA1 was born in London.  Gautam Naik reported in February 12 issue of The Wall Street Journal that LA- based Fertility Institutes, will soon help couples select both gender and physical traits in a baby when they undergo fertility treatment. Dr. Jeff Steinberg, director of the clinic, claims that trait selection “is a service” that he intends “to offer soon.”

Are we going too far? You decide.

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