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Ethics of PGD: thoughts on the consequences of typing HLA in embryos

Abstract

As with so many fields of study associated with assisted human reproduction, many ethical issues are raised by the practice of preimplantation diagnosis of inherited disease (PGD). Some are part and parcel of assisted conception, e.g. the rights of human embryosin vitroand of embryologists to establish them, carry out research and discard them. Others unique to clinical PGD were discussed at an earlier meeting on PGD (Edwardset al., 2003). Recent developments in PGD are discussed briefly in this Commentary, especially the ethics of designer babies.

Keywords: embryos, ethics, Fanconi's anaemia, HLS typing, PGD.

Footnotes

Chief Editor, Reproductive BioMedicine Online, Duck End Farm, Dry Drayton, Cambridge CB3 8DB, UK

# Original publication: Edwards, R.G., 2004. Ethics of PGD: thoughts on the consequences of typing HLA in embryos. Reprod. BioMed. Online 9, 222–224.