A fertility clinic in Los Angeles says it will soon offer couples a choice of gender and physical traits in the PGD process. Pre-implantation genetic diagnosis has been used since the 1990s to help couples screen for embryos with fatal genetic defects, but this takes that process to a new level thanks to advances in genetic research. While the director of the Fertility Institutes clinic says it's "cosmetic medicine," it will probably face strong mainstream opposition, says an article in the Wall Street Journal. "It's technically feasible and it can be done," says Mark Hughes, director of Genesis Genetics Institute in Detroit. However, "no legitimate lab would get into it and, if they did, they'd be ostracized."
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