Prenatal DNA testing a 'Pandora's box'

by jeeg 13. June 2011 22:51
Imagine being pregnant and taking a simple blood test that lays bare the DNA of your foetus. And suppose that DNA could reveal not only medical conditions such as Down syndrome, but also things like eye colour and height. And the risk for developing depression or Alzheimer's disease. And the c... [More]

Give teenagers genetic tests to see if they carry incurable diseases that could be passed on to their children

by jeeg 7. April 2011 21:48
Teenagers should be offered gene tests to see if they are carrying incurable diseases that could be passed on to children, official guidelines say. They would be encouraged to undergo screening which would show up any DNA flaws that determine inherited conditions such as cystic fibrosis and D... [More]

Pre-pregnancy Screening Gets Green Light In UK

by jeeg 7. April 2011 00:09
The Human Genetics Commission (HGC), upon the request for advice from the U.K. National Screening Committee, reported that genetic tests for inherited diseases should be made widely available to couples before pregnancy. The report found that “there are no specific social, ethical or ... [More]

Paying egg donors: a child at any price?

by jeeg 27. October 2010 00:01
Should we pay women to become egg donors to tackle the 'mismatch' between supply and demand? This question was debated last week in an event organised by the Progress Educational Trust in partnership with the Royal Society of Medicine, supported by the National Gamete Donation Trust and the Br... [More]

Couple urged surrogate to abort fetus due to defect

by jeeg 7. October 2010 01:26
When a B.C. couple discovered that the fetus their surrogate  mother was carrying was likely to be born with Down syndrome, they  wanted an abortion. The surrogate, however, was determined to take  the pregnancy to term, sparking a disagreement that has raised  thorny ques... [More]

Pioneer of In Vitro Fertilization Wins Nobel Prize

by jeeg 5. October 2010 00:17
The Nobel prize in physiology or medicine has been awarded this year to Robert G. Edwards, an English biologist who with a physician colleague, Patrick Steptoe, developed the in vitro fertilization procedure for treating human infertility. Since the birth of the first test tube baby, Louise ... [More]
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