ATTITUDES TOWARDS PREIMPLANTATION GENETIC DIAGNOSIS
The application of a genetic test to the embryos obtained from artificial fertilization before they are implanted in the uterus of the future mother is another biomedical advance that brings significant medical benefits but is also a focus of moral controversy.
Social attitudes towards preimplantation genetic testing depend strongly on the goal being pursued. Some of its main therapeutic indications detection of genetically transmitted diseases and, more recently, the selection of a healthy, compatible embryo that can help cure a brother or sister of a genetic disease deactivate reservations to its use, whereas its possible application in selecting the sex of the future baby activates powerful moral reservations (table 3).
A large majority of citizens are disposed to accept preimplantation genetic diagnosis:
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