Dark side of in vitro fertilization

Center for Bioethics & Culture Network | KALLIE FELL | 06 March 2019

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An important study revealing the risks of IVF pregnancies has surfaced. ... More and more women are becoming pregnant through IVF using either their own or donor eggs, but I don’t think they fully understand the risks they create for themselves or their unborn babies.

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Bioedge | MICHAEL COOK | 09 June 2017 [Orig. date 28 Apr 2012]

The negative side of IVF birth defects may finally be getting some publicity. IVF clinics are aware that there is a higher incidence of birth defects among children conceived through IVF. However, consumer awareness is low.

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CDC | 13 April 2016

ART and Birth Defects

Key Findings: Use of assisted reproductive technology and risk of birth defects

Use of assisted reproductive technology (ART) in the United States has increased over time. In 2012, about 1.5% of all infants were conceived using ART. Although most pregnancies conceived by ART have healthy outcomes, there have been some reports of increased risk for birth defects in infants conceived with ART. However, many of these studies were small and only a few evaluated different types of ART procedures. To study ART and birth defects in a large population of liveborn infants, CDC used national ART surveillance data linked with information from vital records and birth defects registries for three states (Florida, Massachusetts, and Michigan). These findings provide additional information on the risks of ART that can be used by patients, providers, and researchers... In our study of more than 4 million infants, we found that singleton infants conceived using ART were 40% more likely to have a nonchromosomal birth defect... Read more.

Gene editing: leave out the gifted

Express | REHEMA FIGUEIREDO | 27 Dec 2016

CRISPR logoNew technology which allows medics to ensure children do not inherit diseases could also mean the likes of Thomas Edison, who invented the lightbulb, might never be seen again, according to Dr Jim Kozubek.

His claim comes as the US and China prepare to stage mass trials to edit the genes of cancer patients to ensure it is not passed down in their DNA.

However, Dr Kozubek, author of Modern Prometheus: Editing the Human Genome with Crispr-Cas9, said the breakthrough is not necessarily a good thing and could see future generations of geniuses wiped out. Read more...

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...and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind ... the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind ...the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good. -Genesis 1

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