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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Ethics Questions Arise as Genetic Testing of Embryos Increases

By GINA Kolata
The New York Times
Originally posted February 3, 2014

Here is an excerpt:

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.

The entire story is here.
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