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Friday, March 6, 2009

Designer Baby Clinic Backs Down... For Now

The Fertility Institute's director, Dr. Jeff Steinberg, has backed-down for now. In a statement posted on the clinic's website, Steinberg said the clinic "remain[s] sensitive to public perception and feel that any benefit the diagnostic studies may offer are far outweighed by the apparent negative societal impacts involved."

Steinberg had recently announced his clinic was going to offer parents the ability to choose various physical traits for their child, using a process known as pre-implantation genetic diagnosis, or PGD. The process is already used to test babies for disease, and has been for years. But many insist the science Steinberg suggests is still years away. Dr. Steinberg himself had said he could not guarantee the children would have the traits parents choose but, using the process, he could dramatically increase the chance. "I can't say with 100 percent certainty that parents will be able to choose something like eye color - more like 80 percent certainty," he was quoted.

Others have said, "Nobody can do this..."

Steinberg's California clinic is known for offering gender selection.

© C Harris Lynn, 2009

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