Subject: Child Development

Question1: What would you do?

Put yourself in the place of a woman who is the carrier of fragile X syndrome but who wants to have children. Would you become pregnant, adopt, use a surrogate mother, or give up your desire for parenthood? Explain. If you became pregnant, would you opt for prenatal diagnosis? Why or why not?

Question 2:

Do you think all parents should have the option to use genetic engineering to create “designer babies”? How do you feel about this idea?

For more information, you can read this article:

Here also is longer video about the Repository for Germinal Choice. It is about 49 minutes long, but help you determine your thoughts on this topic.

There is also a handout provided that is an interview with Dr. Graham on this topic.

“The United States is one of the few countries in the world that still legally allows PGD for prenatal sex selection. The procedure was designed in the early 1990s to screen embryos for chromosome-linked diseases. It is illegal for use for nonmedical reasons in Canada, the U.K., and Australia.”

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