Mini Medical School – Genetics

The Future of Human Reproduction

Today it's possible to perform genetic tests in embryos conceived by in vitro fertilization before a woman becomes pregnant. That's good news for a parent with a known genetic condition looking to prevent having a child with a serious hereditary disease or disorder. But it also suggests that parents may one day choose their child's gender, hair color, or aptitude for math or science. Are "designer" babies the future of family planning? The benefits of preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) are great, but this new technology also raises many questions. Join us to learn how and why PGD is done and the ethical, social, and legal issues surrounding its use.


couple smiling at baby

Amy Sparks, PhD
Director, Reproductive Testing and In Vitro Fertilization Lab
The University of Iowa

Hank Greely, JD
Director, Center for Law and the Biosciences
Professor of Law and Genetics (by courtesy)
Stanford University

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