Sequencing the next generation
American searchers ( who else?) have just discovered the mean for future parents to know in advance the entire genome of the not yet borne child. Of course without any harm neither for the not yet mother neither the not yet newborn ( only a few thousands dollars to spend) . The embarrassing aspect of this discovery is the inevitable dilemma of choice which will automatically stem from the results. Marfan syndrome ? Blues eyes? Athletically built? That is the kind of choice that future parents may will have to do. I do not envy them and I would not want to be at their place.
Click here to access to the abstract of the article in the journal Science Translational Medicine, University of Washington research team supervised by associate professor of genome science Jay Shendure.
Reference for Citation:
J. O. Kitzman, M. W. Snyder, M. Ventura, A. P. Lewis, R. Qiu, L. E. Simmons, H. S. Gammill, C. E. Rubens, D. A. Santillan, J. C. Murray, H. K. Tabor, M. J. Bamshad, E. E. Eichler, J. Shendure, Noninvasive Whole-Genome Sequencing of a Human Fetus. Sci. Transl. Med. 4, 137ra76 (2012).
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