First embryo screening | 1988

An embryo in a petri dish offers a unique opportunity for screening for certain genetic disorders.

It is now used so that parents carrying particular genetic diseases cannot pass the illnesses onto their children.

There have since been applications in the UK for testing that would lead to the birth of a baby picked to be a perfect match for a sick sibling so that cells from the umbilical cord could be used in treatments.

In the UK, ‘preimplantation genetic diagnosis’ is outlawed unless it is for the good of the baby itself, and some applications have been rejected on this basis.

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