Rebecca Skloot's blog on Science, Writing, and Life.
Friday, May 19, 2006
Screening Embryos for Cancer Genes, Anonymous Disease Donors, and Cervical Cancer Vaccine Update
Genetic testing and the controversy surrounding it got ratcheted to a new level with the news that people can now screen embryos for cancer genes. This means they can decide to abort based on the fact that their child will have an increased risk of perhaps get breast or colon or somesuch cancer someday ... Meanwhile, on the lack-of-genetic-testing front: an anonymous sperm donor passed on a rare genetic disorder to several children in Michigan
But the good news is, the cervical cancer vaccine will be approved by the FDA any minute