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Dr. Mark Sauer’s Response to Marcy Darnovsky’s New York Times Op-Ed, “Genetically Modified Babies”

New York Times

Research to Save Lives: A Response to “Genetically Modified Babies” by Marcy Darnovsky, Executive Director at the Center for Genetics and Society (Op-Ed, Feb. 25)

 

Every year, thousands of women give birth to children who will die as infants or young adults because of severe mitochondrial diseases. The procedure of mitochondrial transfer holds much promise of enabling these women to have healthy babies and removes the risk of disease in these children’s future offspring.

Dr. Ronald Wapner Supports New Prenatal Genetic Testing

Ronald Wapner, MD

The Washington Post recently examined innovations in prenatal genetic testing, including research on a new technique called chromosomal microarray analysis by NYP/CUMC reproductive geneticist Dr. Ronald Wapner. In an article published in the New England Journal of Medicine, microarray analysis was shown by Wapner and collaborators to be as effective as the standard method of amniocentesis analysis (karyotyping) in analyzing the number of chromosomes present in a fetal cell. In addition, the test found DNA abnormalities not detected in karyotyping.

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