Gurmankin, Andrea D.; Ubel, Peter A.; Banger, Elizabeth; McGee, Glenn
August 2005
Albany Law Review;2005, Vol. 68 Issue 4, p1097
Academic Journal
Although many have argued that assisted reproductive technologies ("ARTs") attract those with a desire to genetically engineer their offspring, this claim has yet to be verified. To address this question, we surveyed three groups: the general public, people enrolling in an in vitro fertilization ("IVF') program, and pregnant couples. We asked subjects which traits they would select in their children if it were possible to use a magic wand to do so and to value genetic relatedness. In our sample, the potential parents who were using ARTs were less likely to express a desire to select traits in their offspring than were the general public, and just as likely as the pregnant couples. Those using ARTs, however, placed greater importance on having genetically related children than the others. Thus, the widely held view that reproductive technology is utilized by those most likely to favor genetic engineering is falsified by our findings.


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