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The ‘shopping for Scandinavians’ is on. A US fertility clinic is offering offer eye-color and hair-color and gender selection of your choice. Company The Fertility Institutes is providing this service. The selection is done outside the womb. 9 000 babies are "created" at the LA-based clinic. "By examining the genetic makeup of embryos, we can virtually guarantee your next child will be the sex of your choice," they write.  

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The ‘shopping for Scandinavians’ is on

Published on Saturday, 13th April, 2013 at 12:06 under the news category, by Tove Andersson.
Last Updated on 13th April 2013 at 13:00.

A US fertility clinic is offering offer eye-color and hair-color and gender selection of your choice.

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Company The Fertility Institutes is providing this service. The selection is done outside the womb. 9 000 babies are "created" at the LA-based clinic.

"By examining the genetic makeup of embryos, we can virtually guarantee your next child will be the sex of your choice," they write.  

The Scandinavian gene for blue eyes and blond hair enables the clinic to select the wanted colors for the so-called "designer baby", satisfying the parents to be.

Under the description "balanced families", the clinic attracts couples and suggests that balance is achieved through the children’s gender.

Norwegian website klikk.no has interviewed professor in medical ethics at Trondheim’s University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Berge Solberg.

He does not believe choosing eye-color will be possible in Norway. At the same time, he theorizes that Norwegians will travel abroad as gender selection is an option, raising a verbal eyebrow at this.

“Many of us will think this is wrong. The reason is probably that we think that children and bringing them up is a fine balance between shaping a child in our image and revealing who the child really is.”

“To predetermine gender and other biological characteristics of the child is tipping the balance. Parents’ wishes, expectations and intentions are entering the child's biology. We are not listening to the child, but put our expectations into it,” Professor Solberg told magazine Parents & Children.

Norway’s biotechnology law came into full effect 1 January 2005. The Ministry of Health and Care Services says the purpose of the Act is to ensure that medical applications of biotechnology are utilized for the benefit of people in a society where there is room for everyone.

"This shall be done in accordance with the principles of respect for human dignity, human rights and personal integrity, without discrimination on the basis of the gene," officials say.

The law applies to assisted reproduction, genetic testing of embryos, research on surplus embryos and cloning, prenatal diagnosis, postnatal genetic testing and gene therapy. 

For now, the gene selection process that the US fertility clinic offers is circumstantial compared to a regular pregnancy, however. It is most likely that nature will still prevail for quite a while.




Published on Saturday, 13th April, 2013 at 12:06 under the news category, by Tove Andersson.
Last updated on 13th April 2013 at 13:00.

This post has the following tags: surrogacynorway, norwaysurrogacylegislation, geneselection.


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