[Paleopsych] New Scientist: Sex selection for human embryos backed by report

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Sex selection for human embryos backed by report
      * 02 April 2005

    LET them choose boys! Or girls! That's what parents in the UK should
    be free to do, according to a parliamentary committee. Its
    controversial report calls for a relaxation of the rules on the use of
    reproductive technologies and human embryo research.

    The report recommends that parents on IVF programmes be allowed to use
    pre-implantation genetic diagnosis to select the sex of a second or
    later child for "family-balancing" reasons. It is also unfair for IVF
    clinics to screen would-be parents to try to exclude child abusers, it

    If accepted, the report's recommendations would bring the UK more in
    line with the US, where decisions on the use of reproductive
    technology are largely left to individuals. And although human embryo
    research is a major political issue in the US, there are few
    restrictions on it there, other than a block on federal funding.

    The committee chairman, MP Ian Gibson, admits that the recommendations
    will not please everyone. "I'm sure George Bush would burn the
    report," he says.

    Even some members of the committee may feel the same. Only half signed
    the report, and the dissenters made it clear that they think it too
    From issue 2493 of New Scientist magazine, 02 April 2005, page 6

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