Friday, January 29, 2010

Counsyl Brings Genetic Screening to the Masses - NYTimes.com

Interesting times

The company, Counsyl, is selling a test that it says can tell couples whether they are at risk of having children with a range of inherited diseases, including cystic fibrosis, Tay-Sachs, spinal muscular atrophy, sickle cell disease and Pompe disease (the one afflicting the children in the movie).

Once informed, Counsyl says, couples can take steps like using in vitro fertilization with genetic testing of the embryos, to avoid bearing children who would have the diseases, many of which are incurable and fatal in childhood.

Counsyl Brings Genetic Screening to the Masses - NYTimes.com

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