Making the Match

A soon-to-launch service from a company called GenePeeks is to use microarrays to examine the genomes of both sperm bank clients and donors to uncover possible genetic disease risk, reports MIT's Technology Review. Tech Review notes that sperm bank donors currently are screened for a few genetic diseases, like cystic fibrosis, but GenePeeks aims to look at a wider swath.

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