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Genetic testing of embryos

WHAT:
The confluence of advances in human genetics and reproductive science has resulted in the ability to perform genetic tests on embryos produced by in vitro fertilization. Embryos found to be free of a disease-causing gene mutation can then be selectively implanted into a woman's womb to initiate a pregnancy. The technique, called Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD), can help parents avoid the birth of a child with a devastating genetic disease or avoid prenatal genetic testing and subsequent pregnancy termination if a fetus is found to carry the gene mutation. PGD can also be used to select the sex or other genetic characteristics of embryos. PGD is giving parents profound new power to identify and select the genetic characteristics of their children. Is this a power parents should have? Should there be limits to its uses? Are current regulations and oversight sufficient?

The John Hopkins University Genetics and Public Policy Center is convening a diverse panel of thought leaders to discuss the ethical, social, and scientific implications of this potent new technology. Please join us.

HOW:
Register at http://www.DNApolicy.org (see Events)

WHEN:
Thursday, January 8, 2004
9 -11 a.m. EST

WHERE:
Renaissance Washington, DC Hotel
999 9th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001

WHO:
Carole Simpson
Anchor, World News Tonight Sunday, and Emmy Award-winning Senior Correspondent for ABC News, Washington

Newt Gingrich
President, The Gingrich Group
Former Speaker of the House

Laurie Strongin Goldberg
Family Representative

Amy Laura Hall
Assistant Professor of Theological Ethics, School of Divinity
Duke Univer
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Contact: Rhoda Washington
rwashi10@jhu.edu
202-663-5979
Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions
12-Dec-2003


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