Medical study: aspiring parents, genotypes and phenotypes: the unexamined myth of the perfect baby.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Although many have argued that assisted reproductive technologies ("ARTs") attract those with a desire to genetically engineer their offspring, this claim has yet to be verified. To address this question, we surveyed three groups: the general public, people enrolling in an in vitro fertilization ("IVF") program, and pregnant couples. We asked subject which traits they would select in their children if it were possible to use a magic wand to do so and to value genetic relatedness. In our sample, the potential parents who were using ARTs were less likely to express a desire to select traits in their offspring than were the general public, and just as likely as the pregnant couples, Those using ARTs , however, place greater importance on having genetically related children than the others. Thus, the widely held view that reproductive technology is utilized by those most likely to favor genetic engineering is falsified by out findings.

Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Banger, E; McGee, G

Published Date

  • January 2005

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 68 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 1097 - 1111

PubMed ID

  • 16094768

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0002-4678


  • eng