A baby with a disease gene or no baby at all: Genetic testing of embryos creates an ethical morass

STAT – Jessie and Samantha’s story speaks to an emerging ethical morass in the field of reproductive medicine: what to do when patients seeking to get pregnant select embryos with DNA that could lead to a disease or disability. Should clinicians’ desire to help their patients have children override concerns about possibly doing harm to those children? And what about cases in which patients — like Samantha and Jessie — end up with only one viable embryo through in vitro fertilization?

As Dr. Sigal Klipstein, a reproductive endocrinologist at InVia Fertility in the Chicago area, put it: “Would I rather have this baby with this disorder or no baby at all?”

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