... middle of paper ...
...dure because they believe that an embryo is a living human being. If an embryo is defective, it is discarded, and to many that is equivalent to an abortion. Is this cycle really lowering the abortion numbers, or just making it less painful to the parents because they have many more embryos waiting for their turn?
Kearns, William. "PGD Improves Chances for Successful Pregnancy and Birth." Preimplantation Genetics. Web. 2 Dec 2009.
Stone, Gigi. "Fertility Doctor Will Let Parents Build Their Own Babies." Health. 02 Dec 2009. ABC News Internet Ventures, Web. 3 Dec 2009.
Wheeler, Tracy. "Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis." Huntington's Disease Lighthouse. 25 Sep 2009. Web. 5 Dec 2009.
Need Writing Help?
Get feedback on grammar, clarity, concision and logic instantly.Check your paper »
- Doctor visits are expensive; fatal diseases are even more costly. Some diseases that cost one his or her life are passed down generation-to-generation, making the disease genetic. With today’s technological advancements, genes of an embryo can be screened for mutant, disease-carrying genes. Embryo screening gives parents the option to have a child or opt out of having a child with future potential flaws, difficulties, or a shortened life. Though embryo screening is seen as a gift because of its ability to detect diseased genes, human genetic engineering can be viewed as a greater blessing with its ability to modify the gene carrying the disease.... [tags: Geneticc Alteration, Fatal Diseases, Disease]
1350 words (3.9 pages)
- Approximately 490,000 babies are born every day worldwide. About 11,000 babies are born each day in the United States alone, which means that at least eight babies are born every minute. Whether a pregnancy is planned for or not, the size, physical characteristics, and intellectual capabilities of a baby are predetermined by the chromosomes that combine in the mother during fertilization. The possibility and probability of a baby having any number of genetic diseases is also determined by genes and the embryo that is fertilized.... [tags: Genetics]
2253 words (6.4 pages)
- In America alone there are 6.1 million couples coping with infertility (ASRM). In vitro fertilization (IVF) is one of the many assisted reproductive technologies used to help infertile couples achieve pregnancy. Since IVF is costly (the average cost is $12, 400. for one cycle), time consuming and a very emotional situation, many couples have a limited amount of opportunities to commit to the procedure and every step should be taken to maximize the chances of a successful healthy pregnancy. Preimplantation genetic diagnosis, or PGD, is a valuable tool for infertility treatment technology and can facilitate in successful IVF cycles.... [tags: Genetics]
1038 words (3 pages)
- Medical professionals today can screen for certain genetic traits (genetic diseases and sex) with in vitro fertilization and preimplantation genetic diagnosis to obtain a healthy child, and reproductive technology continues to improve. With this in mind, the question arises whether sex selection is ethical. Julian Savulescu, Uehiro Professor of Practical Ethics at Oxford University, argues that sex selection is moral, based on his ethical principle of Procreative Beneficence: that “couples (or single reproducers) should select the child, of the possible children they could have, who is expected to have the best life, or at least as good a life as the others, based on the relevant, available... [tags: Genetic Engineering ]
1647 words (4.7 pages)
- Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis In the United States, an estimated 2.3 million couples are considered infertile [Wekesser, 1996]. This creates a large need for infertility specialists and clinics specializing in fertility treatments. With the quickly advancing field of rep roductive services and the quest for creating better, healthier babies, a new service called Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD) is being offered in conjunction with In vitro fertilization. PGD is a procedure that combines In vitro fertilization and genetic screening.... [tags: Fertility Chemistry Chemical Paper]
1816 words (5.2 pages)
- Genetic testing, also known as screening, is a rapidly advancing new scientific field that can potentially revolutionize not only the world of medicine, but many aspects of our lives. Genetic screening is the sequencing of human DNA in order to discover genetic differences, anomalies, or mutations that may prove pathological. As genetic screening becomes more advanced and easily accessible, it presents society with difficult questions that must be asked about the boundaries of science and to what degree we are allowed to tamper with the human genome.... [tags: prenatal genetic screening, diagnosis]
1504 words (4.3 pages)
- Genetic testing is used to determine the risk of a patient or patient’s offspring developing genetic diseases. This is done with DNA sequencing in adults and preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PDG) on embryos. These methods of genetic testing are effective means of determining the likelihood of developing diseases such as Huntington’s disease, a disease resulting from trinucleotide repeat on chromosome 4p16.3 that causes uncontrollable muscle movement and decrease in cognitive function. However, they only determine probability, which isn’t an entirely reliable means of knowing whether or not symptoms will arise.... [tags: huntinton disease, dna]
1085 words (3.1 pages)
- In mammalian preimplantation embryo, specification of cell lineage begins with the formation of a blastocyst comprising two cell types: The outer epithelial trophectoderm (TE) and the inner cell mass (ICM). TE gives rise to the embryonic portion of the placenta while ICM will differentiate into pluripotent epiblast (EPI) which later forms the embryo and the primitive endoderm (PE). Therefore, the differentiation of TE can be regarded as a hallmark event in mammalian early development. (1-6). It has been recently shown that the transcription factor Caudal-related homeobox 2 (Cdx2) is particularly crucial for segregation of ICM and TE lineages at the blastocyst stage since it is restrictedly e... [tags: Preimplantation Embyo]
2323 words (6.6 pages)
- Modern society has an unquestionable preoccupation with perfection. Indulging in our vanities with things such as plastic surgery, veneers, botox, collagen, hair dye, and so on, have become a part of the socially acceptable norm. People do these things, and more, in an attempt to become their ideal selves. However, many are taking these practices to a completely new extreme, and are not stopping at just altering their own physical characteristics. With recent advances in medical science and technology, couples are now able to genetically modify embryos to create their ideal children.... [tags: Pre-Implantation Genetic Diagnosis]
1022 words (2.9 pages)
- Genetic engineering gives the power to change many aspects of nature and could result in a lot of life-saving and preventative treatments. Today, scientists have a greater understanding of genetics and its role in living organisms. However, if this power is misused, the damage could be very great. Therefore, although genetic engineering is a field that should be explored, it needs to be strictly regulated and tested before being put into widespread use. Genetic engineering has also, opened the door way to biological solutions for world problems, as well as aid for body malfunctions.... [tags: Genetic Engineering Essays]
423 words (1.2 pages)