30 June 2008

Designer babies: Baby 1

Given my two recent posts on reproductive technologies I feel compelled to shine a spotlight on and say a big congratulations to the 27 year old British woman who "has made history by conceiving the country's first "designer baby" guaranteed to be free from hereditary breast cancer" (also on DN).

Knowing that her offspring were likely to carry the viciously cancerogenic BSCR-1 gene, this woman chose to fertilize several eggs, screen the embryos for BSCR-1 and impregnate herself with two that lacked the gene. She is now 14 weeks pregnant and also took the opportunity to freeze two additional, BSCR-1 free embryos for the future.

Bring it on.

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