Using science to create babies with disabilities

USA Today reports on the disturbing trend of some parents who use prenatal testing to make sure their children are carrying defective genes.

“Creating made-to-order babies with genetic defects would seem to be an ethical minefield, but to some parents with disabilities — say, deafness or dwarfism — it just means making babies like them.

And a recent survey of U.S. clinics that offer embryo screening suggests it’s already happening.  Three percent, or 4 clinics surveyed, said they have provided the costly, complicated procedure to help families create children with a disability.”

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