Brave new world

A eugenic first?

Doctors in the U.K. reportedly say they have helped conceive a child genetically incapable of developing hereditary breast cancer.

According to the Times of London, doctors screened out embryos that contained a gene that may have given the baby up to an 85 percent chance of getting disease.

The British couple agreed to go through IVF (in-vitro fertilization), although they had no problem conceiving, to allow for the embryos to be screened. They produced 11 embryos, which doctors tested, and found five to be free from the gene, the Times reported.

Two of these were implanted in the woman’s uterus, and she is now 14 weeks pregnant.

Nine discarded embryos to get two that are less likely to develop breast cancer in middle age.  It won’t just be breast cancer for long, either.  Soon people will be selecting eye color and cheekbones.

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