HOME >> BIOLOGY >> NEWS
Genetic testing of embryos to pick 'savior sibling' OK with most Americans

Washington, D.C.-- A new survey by the Genetics and Public Policy Center at The Johns Hopkins University shows most Americans approve of using genetic testing and selection of embryos to make sure a baby will be a good match to donate blood or tissue to a sick brother or sister. But they disapprove of selecting an embryo based on whether the baby will be a girl or boy.

Preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) involves the removal and genetic analysis of one or two cells from embryos created through in vitro fertilization. Test results are then used to select embryos to transfer to a woman's womb to initiate a pregnancy. While PGD was originally developed to prevent transmission of serious diseases, recently it has been used to pick embryos based on sex or suitability as a tissue donor.

To measure public attitudes toward these uses of PGD and other reproductive genetic technologies, the Genetics and Public Policy Center, which is funded by the Pew Charitable Trusts, conducted a detailed survey of 4,005 Americans, by far the largest on the issue to date.

The survey showed that 61 percent approve of using PGD to select an embryo that could benefit an ailing sibling, while 33 percent disapprove of this use. In contrast, 57 percent of the respondents disapprove of using PGD to select embryos based on sex.

"There is strong support for using these technologies when there is a health benefit, even when that benefit is for another person, but this support coexists with deep-seated worries about where all these new technologies may be taking us," said Kathy Hudson, Ph.D., the founder and director of The Johns Hopkins University Genetics and Public Policy Center.

For example, 80 percent of respondents were concerned that if not regulated, reproductive genetics technologies such as PGD could "get out of control." Some countries prohibit using PGD for sex selection or to choose embryos that will be suitable tissue donors unless
'"/>

Contact: Rhoda Washington
rwashi10@jhu.edu
202-663-5979
Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions
3-May-2004


Page: 1 2

Related biology news :

1. Genetic mutations linked to the practice of burning coal in homes in China
2. Genetic differences might help distinguish thyroid cancers
3. Genetic modification of linseed produces healthier omega 3 and 6 fatty acids
4. Wiley publishes Welcome to the Genome: A Users Guide to the Genetic Past, Present, and Future
5. Genetically modified bacterium as remedy for intestinal diseases
6. Genetic analysis rewrites salamanders evolutionary history
7. Genetic map of important tree genes outlined
8. Genetically-engineered marathon mouse keeps on running
9. Genetic clues found for common congenital brain disorder
10. Genetic mutation linked to more aggressive breast cancer found more often in African-Americans
11. Genetic discovery could dramatically reduce need for liver transplants in children

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:5/6/2020)... Mass. (PRWEB) , ... May 06, 2020 , ... ... a privately held medical technology company dedicated to improving the quality, safety, efficacy and ... partnership that will help SCDAA deliver on its mission and meet its goals. In ...
(Date:5/1/2020)... , ... April 30, 2020 , ... ... infectious diseases, announced today that it had been awarded a contract from the ... Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response at the U.S. Department of Health and ...
(Date:4/30/2020)... ... April 29, 2020 , ... At the start of 2020 ... solutions for a wide range of industries including pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical manufacturing, healthcare, ... the new decade, it was clear to company leadership that they would have ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:5/28/2020)... ... May 28, 2020 , ... Genedata, the leading provider ... Genedata Screener ® 17.0, the latest version of its enterprise software for the ... technologies. Genedata will host a webinar on June 10, 2020, detailing and demonstrating ...
(Date:5/21/2020)... ... 2020 , ... Eaton Square is pleased to announce its growth on the ... and medical technology-focused strategy and M&A advisory firm. , This is an important step ... and Asia Pacific healthcare innovators with capital and investors. , Popper and Company, founded ...
(Date:5/15/2020)... ... May 15, 2020 , ... Sentien Biotechnologies, Inc., a ... Richard Ganz as Executive Chairman. Mr. Ganz will continue to lead Sentien’s Board ... as work closely with CEO Brian Miller and Sentien’s management team. , ...
(Date:5/9/2020)... ... , ... Worldwide Business with kathy ireland® will be LIVE ... 2020 and Wednesday, May 13, 2020 at 8:00pm ET / PT – prime ... from Techolution and Bravado Pharmaceuticals . , As leaders in ...
Breaking Biology Technology:
Cached News: