Posts Tagged with Genetic testing

  1. Are Savior Siblings Ethical?

    [ By on March 18, 2016 ]

    Molly Nash was born with a fatal genetic disorder called Faconi-anemia, in which the only treatment is a bone-marrow transplant. If it were not for her brother, Adam, she most likely would have died before her 10th birthday from leukemia. Lisa and John Nash decided to have another baby in order to save their daughter, and with the help of Dr. John Wagner, they used in-vitro fertilization to create embryos that could be tested for Fanconi anemia and for the same tissue type as Molly. After many attempts of in-vitro fertilization, they finally got a healthy embryo that could be used for a bone marrow transplant, which Molly had soon after Adam was born. This anecdote about a savior sibling is ...

    continue reading…

  2. Pros and Cons of Genetically Testing Embryos

    [ By on July 14, 2014 ]

    In this NYT article, differing opinions on the use of genetic testingof embryos are discussed. Some ethicists argue that people can beobligated to use genetic testing in order to spare the nextgeneration. Others argue that discarding embryos which have geneticmutations is wrong because eliminating embryos with such genes isessentially saying someone the mutation should never have been born. Ipersonally believe that people should have the right to geneticallytest embryos if they choose to do so. What are your thoughts on ...

    continue reading…