HOME >> BIOLOGY >> NEWS
Americans prefer to leave child's sex to chance, survey finds

Most people would not choose the sex of their child if given the option, according to a new nationwide survey. The study is the first to examine the demand and preferences for sex selection among the U.S. general population.

"We found that only 8 percent of people would use pre-implantation sex selection for non-medical reasons," said Dr. Tarun Jain, assistant professor of reproductive endocrinology and infertility at University of Illinois at Chicago and senior author of the report.

The findings, published in the February issue of the journal Fertility and Sterility, are the result of a cross-sectional, web-based survey of 1,197 people (587 men and 610 women) between 18 and 45 years old.

In the study, 77 percent of people who wanted more than one child indicated they either preferred an equal number of boys and girls or had no preference as to the sex of their children.

Pre-conception sex selection using sperm-separation technology is currently available in the United States as part of an FDA-approved clinical trial. The technique is not without controversy, but is expected to become more readily available to consumers at the completion of that trial.

The marketing and increased availability of the technology poses moral, legal and social issues. Some fear that sex selection may disrupt the natural sex ratio, contribute to gender stereotyping and discrimination, and hasten a trend toward "designer babies."

"So far, all of the ethical discussions about sex selection have focused on 'what if' scenarios without any legitimate data," Jain said. "This study should provide a legitimate framework to better lead the discussion about the realistic implications of sex selection technology."

Sperm separation requires patients to provide a sperm sample and undergo an average of three to five cycles of intrauterine insemination at a fertility center, at a cost of approximately $2,500 per attempt.

The survey found t
'"/>

Contact: Sherri McGinnis Gonzalez
smcginn@uic.edu
312-996-8277
University of Illinois at Chicago
13-Feb-2006


Page: 1 2

Related biology news :

1. New clue why MS affects African-Americans differently than Caucasians
2. Slow wave activity during sleep is lower in African-Americans than Caucasians
3. Economic impact of hunger affects all Americans
4. African-Americans at increased risk for earlier preterm births
5. Pills or papayas? Survey finds Americans want healthful foods, not more medicines
6. New diabetes research: Half of Americans have gene that affects how body burns sugar
7. Americans support for embryonic stem cell research declines, VCU Life Sciences survey shows
8. African-Americans with prostate cancer more likely to have family history of prostate, breast cancer
9. MIT survey: Climate change tops Americans environmental concerns
10. Americans less likely to accept evolution than Europeans
11. Americans support free access to research

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


(Date:12/20/2016)... and GENEVA, Dec, 20, 2016   ... data sensor technology, and STMicroelectronics (NYSE: ... spectrum of electronics applications, announced today the launch ... kit for biometric wearables that includes ST,s compact ... Valencell,s Benchmark™ biometric sensor system. Together, ...
(Date:12/16/2016)... -- The global wearable medical device market, in terms of value, ... 5.31 billion in 2016, at a CAGR of 18.0% during the ... ... medical devices, launch of a growing number of smartphone-based healthcare apps ... providers, and increasing focus on physical fitness. Furthermore, ...
(Date:12/15/2016)... 15, 2016 Advancements in biometrics ... wellness and wellbeing (HWW), and security of ... new passenger vehicles begin to feature fingerprint ... heart beat monitoring, brain wave monitoring, stress ... and pulse detection. These will be driven ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:1/19/2017)... 19, 2017  Market Research Future has a half cooked research ... Biopsy is growing rapidly and expected to reach USD 450 Million ... ... Biopsy Market has been assessed as a swiftly growing market and ... in the coming future. There has been a tremendous growth in ...
(Date:1/19/2017)... ... 19, 2017 , ... November Research Group, LLC, a global ... device manufacturers and regulators, is proud to announce the worldwide release of PRIMO ... to provide product vigilance departments with the flexibility and ease of use of ...
(Date:1/19/2017)... ... January 18, 2017 , ... LabRoots , the leading ... the world, was today awarded the "Best Science & Technology Social Networking Service ... and decided upon by a dedicated team of researchers and analysts. , The ...
(Date:1/19/2017)... , Jan. 18, 2017 Acupath Laboratories, ... announces the formation of an Executive Committee that will ... beyond. John Cucci , a 15-year ... from Director of Business Development to Chief Sales ... Mr. Cucci served in senior sales leadership roles at ...
Breaking Biology Technology:
Cached News: