Embryo Selection May Help Prevent Some Inherited Disorders

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Dr. Avner Hershlag, chief of the Center for Human Reproduction at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, N.Y., said, "Like any sophisticated technique, reproductive technology can be abused. There are ethical issues."

Hershlag said that "the most ethical approach is that it should be used for identifying disease only, and for selecting embryos that are free of disease. I don't want it to ever head into that murky, questionable line between what is right and what is wrong. It is absolutely right to diagnose a disease in an embryo and to use embryos that don't have disease."

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Visit the American Pregnancy Association for more on pre-implantation genetic diagnosis.

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