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."
This article in the Guardian says that the newborn "is not a designer baby in the strict sense of the phrase." In the UK, the group in charge of regulating in vitro fertilization practices "held a public consultation before deciding to grant permission for PGD to be carried out to screen for the breast cancer genes," the story adds.