The Pros And Cons Of Genetic Testing

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According to Merriam Webster, Genetic testing, also known as DNA testing, allows the genetic diagnosis of vulnerabilities to inherited diseases, and can also be used to determine a child's parentage (genetic mother and father) or in general a person's ancestry or biological relationship between people. Now, with Genetic Diagnosis, comes a very controversial topic, also known as, preimplantation genetic diagnosis. Preimplantation genetic diagnosis, which simply involves checking the genes of embryos created through IVF (In vitro fertilization) to allow a specific inherited disease or condition in the family to be withheld from passing it on in their offspring’s. A number of families have DNA that contributes to problematic health issues. …show more content…

Within vitro fertilization, scientist hope to learn more about preventing certain birth defects by studying fertilization and early embryonic development outside the womb. But like everything in life, there are many pros and cons to this procedure. Although In vitro fertilization is now a popular alternative to natural childbearing for numerous reasons, it will definitely leave a dent in your pocket. Although In vitro fertilization has a success rate of only thirty percent, the procedure can cost anywhere from ten- thousand dollars to fifteen- thousand dollars with add on rates depending on the Patients age, because typically older patients receive higher doses of stimulation medications for longer periods of time. The type of IVF cycle greatly affects the cost of IVF. Using donor eggs typically requires agency fees, donor fees, and other lab and screening fees which add significant cost to the IVF cycle. Cycles utilizing a surrogate to carry the baby include the cost of recruiting and screening the surrogate as well as legal fees and the surrogate’s fee for her services, but with this mind, Can you really put a price on a

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