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There was a lot of attention this weekend to the first baby born in Britain who was screened as an embryo for BRCA1. "The decision was a controversial one, raising arguments that this type of screening is one step on a slippery slope towards eugenics," reports Technology Review. "Pre-implantation genetic diagnosis, as the procedure is called, has traditionally been limited to genetic disorders known to be fatal. But as the number of known disease-linked genes grows, so do the options for testing."

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