Use of preimplantation genetic diagnosis for serious adult onset conditions a committee opinion

This document discusses the ethical considerations of performing preimplantation genetic diagnosis to deselect embryos for transfer in order to prevent future adult onset conditions in the offspring.

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Ethics Committee of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine

Volume 100, Issue 1, Pages 54-57, July 2013


PGD for adult-onset conditions is ethically justified when the condition is serious and no safe, effective interventions are available. It is ethically allowed for conditions of lesser severity or penetrance. The Committee strongly recommends that an experienced genetic counselor play a major role in counseling patients considering such procedures.

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Fertility and Sterility

Editorial Office, American Society for Reproductive Medicine

Fertility and Sterility® is an international journal for obstetricians, gynecologists, reproductive endocrinologists, urologists, basic scientists and others who treat and investigate problems of infertility and human reproductive disorders.