Food For Thought: Preimplantation Genetics

question mark“I was born for a very specific purpose.  I wasn’t the result of a cheap bottle of wine or a full moon or the heat of the moment.  I was born because a scientist managed to hook up my mother’s eggs and my father’s sperm to create a specific combination of precious genetic material.  In fact, when (my brother) Jesse told me how babies get made and I, the great disbeliever, decided to ask my parents the truth, I got more than I bargained for.  They sat me down and told me all the usual stuff, of course – but they also explained that they chose little embryonic me, specifically, because I could save my sister, Kate.  ‘We loved you even more,’ my mother made sure to say, ‘because we knew what exactly we were getting.”

-A passage from My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult, written from the perspective of Anna, a child conceived using PGD to save the life of her cancer-stricken sister. Read more here.

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