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Tuesday, August 16th 2005

Designer Babies

Will parents be able to choose the sex and genes of their embryos before implantation in Britain?

The medical director of one of Texas’ most successful and largest infertility clinics came and talked to my class today in an ongoing clinical correlation set of lectures tied to gross anatomy. His clinic wouldn’t reveal or allow parents to choose the embryos to implant based on sex (except in the case of X linked diseases).

As well, if the parents didn’t take back their unused embryos, no embryo, no matter if PDG revealed chromosomal abnormalities, was destroyed. All of them were sent to long term cryogenic storage.