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Title: A ‘healthy baby’: The double imperative of preimplantation genetic diagnosis
Authors: Ehrich, K
Williams, C
Keywords: Embryology;Ethics;Genetics;PGD
Issue Date: 2010
Publisher: Sage Publications
Citation: Health, 14(1), 41 - 56, 2010
Abstract: This article reports from a study exploring the social processes, meanings and institutions that frame and produce ‘ethical problems’ and clinical dilemmas for practitioners, scientists and others working in the specialty of preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD). A major topic in the data was that, in contrast to IVF, the aim of PGD is to transfer to the woman’s womb only those embryos likely to be unaffected by serious genetic disorders; that is, to produce ‘healthy babies’. Staff described the complex processes through which embryos in each treatment cycle must meet a double imperative: they must be judged viable by embryologists and ‘unaffected’ by geneticists. In this article, we focus on some of the ethical, social and occupational issues for staff ensuing from PGD’s double imperative.
Description: This is the author's accepted manuscript. The final published article is available from the link below. Copyright @ 2010 The Authors.
Appears in Collections:Sociology
Dept of Social Sciences Media and Communications Research Papers

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