US clinic offers British couples the chance to choose the sex of their child
2009 08 22

By Alice Fishburn | TimesOnline.co.uk


A new clinic in Manhattan is appealing to British couples who want to pick the sex of their next child — a process that is banned in the United Kingdom.

Pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD), which can reveal the sex of an embryo, is prohibited in Britain except when it is used to screen for genetic diseases.

The United States relaxed its regulations on sex selection in 2001 and American medical centres report interest from British patients who find out about their “family balancing” services through online advertisements.

Jeffrey Steinberg opened his New York clinic in January. Half of the embryos at present undergoing tests in his laboratory belong to British parents and four couples are already booked in for next month.

“Britain is far more conservative than it used to be. They were the innovators but now they’ve got handcuffs on,” Dr Steinberg said. “From a business standpoint, it’s the best thing going. From a medical standpoint, it’s a travesty.”

As recent healthcare debates show, many Americans balk at government involvement in medicine. Robert Brzyski, chairman of the ethics committee at the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, said: “The tradition in the US has been to not interfere with the reproductive choices of American citizens.”

The Genetics and IVF Institute in Virginia was one of the first medical centres in America to offer family balancing. Between 10 and 15 per cent of the 400 pre-implantation diagnosis cycles that it oversees each year come from abroad. Gary Harton, its PGD scientific director, said: “The people that want to do it will come and find you.”

Such medical tourism has boosted business for American doctors: the bill for procedures, travel and hotels can add up to £20,000. Most countries impose restrictions because of concerns that elective sex selection may facilitate cultural biases for male heirs.

Although evidence suggests that British patients tend to pick sons and daughters in roughly even numbers, most US clinics will treat only those parents who already have a child of the other sex.

Britain’s Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority remains cautious, citing public opposition to sex selection. “In the US there is no official regulator to monitor clinics and no legal obligation to offer the counselling that is an important part of treatment,” a spokesman said. “Those who choose to go overseas for their treatment should make themselves aware of the laws and consider what impact there may be on any child that is subsequently born.”

The institute in Virginia takes pains to counter America’s reputation as the Wild West of reproductive technology. Patients go through counselling before the procedure and meticulous records are kept on the new babies. Mr Harton often reassures nervous British patients: “You’re no different to any other patient. You’re here to get what you want. To get a baby.”

Humans have tried to influence the sex of their children for centuries, since the Ancient Greeks tied off a testicle to have a son. But the only effective methods are PGD and Microsort, a technique that separates sperm bearing X or Y chromosomes before fertilisation. In PGD, a single cell is extracted from each IVF embryo before implantation. This is then analysed for the chromosomes that signify sex, allowing doctors to select the preferred embryo.

Stephen Wilkinson, a professor of bioethics at Keele University, believes that British regulations about the procedure should change. “The case for prohibition in the UK is not very strong,” he said. “The only people for whom there really is a ban are people who either can’t afford to circumvent the regulations or who don’t have the knowledge to do it.”

David Karabinus, a director at the Virginia institute, believes that elective sex selection will eventually be seen as just another form of reproductive medicine. “Just as there was an overreaction about IVF, there will be a gradual acceptance as we prove it’s safe. It’s there if people want it.”

Article from: TimesOnline.co.uk

Darwin, Nazi Eugenics and Selective Breeding

Video from: YouTube.com

Longevity & the Grail - Part 1

Video from: YouTube.com



Aubrey de Grey, Artificial Intelligence, Singularity, Longevity and the Holy Grail

Michael Tsarion - Atlantis, Alien Visitation & Genetic Manipulation

Newborn Genetic Screening: The New Eugenics?

New L.A. Clinic Lets Parents Genetically Design Their New Baby

Genetic mapping of babies by 2019 will transform preventive medicine

Michael Cremo - Human Devolution (Subscription)

Red Ice Creations Radio - Brent Jessop - Club of Rome, Climate, UNESCO & Eugenics

Michael Tsarion - The Post Human World

David Icke - The Global Conspiracy

World Evolutionary Humanism, Eugenics and UNESCO - UNESCO Its Purpose and Its Philosophy Part 1

Scientific Technique and the Concentration of Power - The Impact of Science on Society Part 1






Related Articles
Genetic mapping of babies by 2019 will transform preventive medicine
Genetic Engineering and the Brave New World of Transhuman Machines
The First Genetically Modified Human Embryo: Advance or Abomination?
Geneticists Discover a Way to Extend Lifespans to 800 Years
Genetic Advances To Pioneer Super-Human Elite?
Signature campaign in Italy against genetic engineering
Genetic Barcodes
The Horrifying American Roots of Nazi Eugenics
Kissinger, Eugenics And Depopulation
Eugenics - Human Sperm Created in British Lab (Video)
Aldous Huxley


Latest News from our Front Page

Bad Memories Turned to Happy Ones in Mice Brains
2014 09 01
Memories are often associated with emotions, and these feelings can change through new experiences and over time. Now, using light, scientists have been able to manipulate mice brain cells and turn the animals’ fearful memories into happy ones, according to a new study. Memories are encoded in groups of neurons that are activated together or in specific patterns, but it is ...
CIA MKULTRA: they intended to use drugs for “everything”
2014 09 01
Drugs to transform individuals…and even, by implication, society. Drug research going far beyond the usual brief descriptions of MKULTRA. The intention is there, in the record. A CIA document was included in the transcript of the 1977 US Senate Hearings on MKULTRA, the CIA’s mind-control program. The document is found in Appendix C, starting on page 166. It’s simply labeled “Draft,” dated 5 May ...
Harmful Compound Found in Many BPA-Free Bottles
2014 09 01
A chemical found in many products labeled “BPA free” may produce many of the same health problems as the original chemical, including hyperactivity and cardiac arrhythmia, according to a pair of studies presented recently at the joint meeting of the International Society of Endocrinology and the Endocrine Society in Chicago. “BPS, termed the safe alternative to BPA, may be equally as ...
Can Germany turn its back on USA? No, it can’t
2014 09 01
After the division of Germany into two German states, the western part of the country was raped by allies-occupants, while the Soviets got the eastern part. The Soviet Union did not end its existence, when Soviet leaders blessed the Germans for unification and promised to withdraw troops from the territory of the GDR. The troops were withdrawn practically nowhere, as ...
Left and their big fat multi-cultural lie
2014 08 30
Picture the scene; a taxi is pulled over by an officer from South Yorkshire Police who finds a half-naked 12-year-old in the back of the cab so drunk or drugged that she can hardly stand. When interviewed, the taxi driver is found to have pornographic pictures of the girl on his phone. The officer hands back the phone and – no ...
More News »