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Commentary on Spriggs: genetically selected baby free of inherited predisposition to early onset Alzheimer’s disease
  1. M B Delatycki
  1. Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis Team, Genetic Health Services Victoria, Royal Children’s Hospital, Flemington Road, Parkville, Victoria 3052, Australia;

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    I note with interest the Controversy regarding a baby born free of an inherited predisposition to early onset Alzheimer’s disease through the use of preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD).1,2 As the medical geneticist for the PGD programme for single gene disorders in Melbourne, Australia, I have seen many couples who have considered PGD for a wide range of genetic conditions. My observation is that many couples look to PGD for “milder” conditions and adult onset conditions for which they are not comfortable to have traditional prenatal diagnosis and termination of pregnancy.

    An example of this is that in the last 11 years our unit has undertaken 13 prenatal diagnoses for Huntington’s disease from nine couples, whereas in the two years that we have been offering it we have had six requests for PGD for Huntington’s disease and three couples …

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