Genetic screening uncovers risky matches at the sperm bank

| November 21, 2012 |
Genetic Screening Can Uncover Risky Matches at the Sperm BankMIT Technology Review (blog)Experts in assistive reproduction say the idea behind GenePeeks is potentially beneficial to families, but they also emphasize the need for good genetic counseling. One concern for Richard Scott, a reproductive endocrinologist, obstetrician, and ...

Within the next year, women choosing a sperm donor may be able to use a genetic-analysis service that identifies those with DNA that could cause disease if combined with their own.

Sperm donors are already screened for a handful of genetic conditions, and recipients can choose between donors based on qualities such as height, athleticism, and education. A more detailed analysis of how donor DNA would combine with the recipient’s DNA would be the next step.

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