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May 5, 2004

Conception for Donation

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Department of Pediatrics, Department of Medical History and Bioethics, University of Wisconsin Medical School, Madison.

JAMA. 2004;291(17):2125-2126. doi:10.1001/jama.291.17.2125

Preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) of embryos created by in vitro fertilization (IVF) has become an increasingly available option for couples seeking to avoid the birth of a child with a genetic disorder. While opposed by some, PGD is less contentious and emotionally less stressful than prenatal diagnosis and abortion after pregnancy has begun and has resulted in the births of approximately 1000 children over the past decade.1

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