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Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD) in the News

Genetic Crossroads
August 12th, 2002

Recently the technique of preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) has been making headlines. Two new articles in the Los Angeles Times and the Wall Street Journal have discussed the technology and its growing use in fertility clinics. PGD is a powerful technology that is most often used to ensure that potential parents have a baby that does not carry a deadly genetic disease. However, some fertility specialists and others are urging that its use be allowed for non-medical purposes, such as sex selection. Strong regulation is necessary to ensure that sexist and other socially harmful uses of this selection technique are avoided. Such regulations exist in many European countries, but not in the U.S.

Aaron Zitner, "A Boy or Girl, You Pick," Los Angeles Times (July 23, 2002)

Amy Marcus, "Ensuring Your Baby Will Be Healthy," Wall Street Journal (July 25, 2002)


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