Questions On Genetic Diagnosis ( Pgd )

1063 WordsSep 22, 20165 Pages
“Socioscientific Issues (SSI) are controversial social issues which relate to science. They are ill-structured, open-ended problems which have multiple solutions.” - Preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) is a current socio-scientific issue because it is an issue that relates to science as it is a biological procedure and because it is a very controversial issue in today 's society. Some people are against PGD as they believe that an embryo is a human being and that the process of PGD results in the killing of babies. However there is a demand for PGD as it is needed for some people. The need for PGD stems from couples wanting healthy babies. Some couples try to have babies but genetic faults result in multiple miscarriages, some people know that they carry the gene for a particular genetic disorder such as Huntington’s disease or Cystic Fibrosis so they may want to make sure their baby doesn’t have the gene. There are a range of people who can benefit from and might need PGD; people who carry sex-linked genetic disorders, people who carry single cell gene defects, people who have chromosomal disorders or abnormalities, women who have had multiple miscarriages, and women over age 35. Some people use PGD to have ‘saviour siblings’ which has to be approved by the ethics committee and some countries even allow PGD to be used for sex selection Biology/Biological ideas/concepts/processes PGD (preimplantation genetic
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