Autism: Embryo selection authorised in Western Australia

Publié le : 1 November 2013

 The Western Australian Health Authorities have just sanctioned pre-implantation diagnosis as part of an in-vitro fertilisation cycle for couples at risk of giving birth to autistic children. Although there is no genetic test to diagnose autism, selection will be exclusively gender-based: boys are four times more likely to be autistic than girls. However, the use of this technique is controversial because numerous essentially environmental factors may be responsible for autism. 

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