BIOLOGICAL SLAVERY--SWEDEN APPROVES EMBRYO SCREENING TO AID DYING SIBLINGS
Swedish authorities have permitted three families to screen embryos in order to create a child that will act as a stem cell donor for a dying sibling.
"Under the procedure, an embryo is tested in vitro for a desired genotype before implantation into the uterus, in what is called pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD). That has been allowed for some time in Sweden, in particular to screen for single-gene diseases such as cystic fibrosis as well as chromosomal abnormalities such as Down's Syndrome. But for the first time, authorities will allow the embryos to be screened to find a tissue match for a sick sibling, in a process called human leukocyte antigen testing (HLA)."
"After the child is born, stem cells from its placenta and umbilical cord are transferred to the sick sibling. Once in the bone marrow, the stem cells will start producing blood cells. These are the first cases in Sweden to be granted the procedure following a law on genetic screening that came into force in July last year. The procedure has been criticized by some who consider the screening process unethical.
Call me negative! I can already see the future headline: "Embryo shopping approved for the dying"--after all --why stop at siblings? It is only a matter of time before master embryos are created which would enable us to shop for a biological slave that could save us from suffering and death.