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Genetically-Modified Infant Stirs Up 'Designer Baby' Concerns

By: Rurac Andreea - Published: • References: guardian
Yesterday, at the University College hospital in London, a woman gave birth to a baby girl that's being hailed as a 'designer baby.' She developed from an embryo that was screened specifically to ensure that it was free from the BRCA1 gene that indicates a strong possibility for breast cancer.

A female born with the BRCA1 gene has a 50-85% chance of developing breast cancer. This baby girl had a long family history of breast cancer, and in June of last year, her mother met with specialists to undergo the screening process. "We felt that, if there was a possibility of eliminating this for our children, then that was a route we had to go down," says the mother, who wishes to remain anonymous.