I'm not clear on this. Was the embryo one of the mothers? Did the couple have a family history of cancer? Does this rule out any other possible genetic diseases? I will have to google and see if I can find this.
Msjazz, From what I understand the emryo is the mother's. The father had a family history with grandmother, mother, sister and another relative all battling this genetic form of breast cancer. It does not rule out the possiblity of other genetic disease unless they've tested for other specific genetic diseases and didn't mention it.
Moirapaoletti, I understand the opinion that this is an outrage - it might be perceived as playing g*d or offering false hope, as a cancer diagnosis of another sort is always possible. I'd venture the guess that many of those who are outraged do not have this gene (or don't know it) and haven't watched loved one after loved one be diagnosed and fight to live. I personally would probably opt for this testing if this gene ran in my or my husband's families to remove at least one Damocles sword from my child's life, and probably end the passing of this gene from my direct family line. However, were I to find myself in the position of carrrying a child with this gene, I would certainly continue the pregnancy and welcome the child - and get them tested for the gene when the time was right so they could explore their options.
This is, of course, totally theoretical as I've had a complete hysterectomy, am 56 and the only desire I have regarding children is to see my grandbabies more often!
I have a daughter with a genetic disorder. The procedure used in England would have prevented an embryo with Robin's disorder from being chosen to be implanted and born. It can be used for any single gene defect, like cystic fibrosis, from what I heard today. Robin has Neurofibromatosis. I would not trade Robin for a child without Neurofibromatosis. I would not do this myself, but do not deny others the right to do so if science and the law make it available. You ask good quetions. Thanks for making us think. It helps my chemo brain!! Marie
I am of the same mindset as Marie3B. I would not do this myself, or insist my daughter have the test for future Grandchildren. But, I would not stand in the way of someone wanting to have the test PRIOR to pregnancy.
My husband and I would do this if there was a problem in our genetic dna.