Pre-Implantation Genetic Diagnosis

Headline Bioethics is a study guide aimed to assist in the teaching of the science and ethics of new developments in biology and biomedicine. Below are links to three recommended videos and associated resources on pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD).

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Video links


The first video illustrates how PGD is used to diagnose genetic disease and follows the family of Jean Gillard who has mitochondrial disease.

'Genetic advance raises health hopes': BBC News, 26 August 2009 (2:19)

The second video is about using PGD to create a tissue-matched sibling. It contains an interview with the Whitaker family five years after the creation of a son, Jamie, as a ‘saviour sibling’ for Charlie. In the clip, the family welcomes the vote to allow the creation of ‘saviour siblings’.

'Couple welcome MPs' vote': BBC News, 20 May 2008 (3:10)

The third clip concerns the use of PGD for diagnosing late-onset diseases such as cancer. The video features a short interview with Paul Serhal, a fertility expert, who talks about the first baby born free of the breast cancer gene in the UK as well as the scientific background to the procedure.

'Breast cancer gene-free baby': BBC News, 9 January 2009 (1:55)

Online resources: Links to recommended external websites on PGD

Teacher notes and FAQs: A series of question and answers regarding the science and ethics of PGD

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