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. Ms Katz said: "These results highlight that, for the majority of potential PGD couples, it is not a priority to prevent the further genetic transmission of the inherited mutation. Having a healthy child is their priority and since carrier embryos do not have the potential for disease they are acceptable for transfer. In the end these children will be the same as their parents healthy carriers. If they rejected a carrier it would undervalue their own genetic status!"

There were also many interesting trends observed in this study highlighting the attitudes of these couples towards several key issues. Only a very small number of couples from each group expressed concern about discarding genetically abnormal embryos. While nearly a quarter of the couples from all groups expressed interest in being able to access non-genetic information regarding the embryo (e.g. personality, intelligence), the vast majority of all couples indicated that this information should not be used for eugenic purposes.

Ms Katz said: "The selection of human embryos at the pre-implantation stage to ensure only unaffected embryos are transferred has generated a dynamic debate about the eugenic implications of PGD. The results from this study represent valuable information reflecting the attitudes and concerns of PGD and ART couples, without the bias of successful or unsuccessful outcomes. With this insight from the patient's perspective, clinicians, researchers, counsellors and IVF staff will be able to review and evaluate the clinical PGD service and improve existing procedures and the overall experience for future patients undergoing PGD."


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Contact: Margaret Willson
m.willson@mwcommunications.org.uk
41-21-643-33-33
European Society for Human Reproduction and Embryology
3-Jul-2001


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