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The 'universal test' will allow prospective parents to have their embryos screened to see if genetic disorders have been passed on.
The test, which costs £1,500, can detect almost all inherited disorders, such as Huntington's disease, cystic fibrosis and muscular dystrophy.
But the 'genetic MoT' has been subject to criticisms because it raises questions of 'designer babies'.
The test involves creating embryos by IVF and removing a single cell when the embryo is two days old. The cells are then tested by a technique known as karyomapping. Following the test, a healthy embryo is implanted into the womb.
Originally posted by Dock6
reply to post by Scramjet76
Imo, this type of screening should be conducted as a matter of course -- in other words, be mandatory. And those embryos with problems could then be terminated .. again, mandatorily.
It's past time this occurred