Thursday, October 23, 2008

Has the Brave New World Arrived?

British scientist have now successfully developed a "universal" genetic test that can be administered to embryos as new as two days old that is capable of screening for "almost any known genetic disease," and is expected to be available next year. The test can even forecast what conditions that child would be susceptible to later in life, such as cancers or Alzheimer's disease. While the test is expected to significantly aid in the IVF process by selecting embryos most likely to survive, it also has many attendant concerns surrounding it as well, such as privacy issues, designer babies and right to life concerns.

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