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Preimplantation genetic diagnosis for donor babies carries some harm

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: (Published 20 April 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:976
  1. Sue Turner (, PhD student
  1. Institute for the Study of Genetics, Biorisks and Society, University of Nottingham, Nottingham NG7 2RD

    EDITOR—Are the dangers in using preimplantation genetic diagnosis to create donor babies as minimal as Boyle and Savulescu claim?1 The concerns about “commodification” of donor babies are real. The fact that Kant's dictum was “never use people solely as a means” is not a reassurance, because these donor babies are solely means to an end (the successful treatment of a sick sibling).

    To rebuff accusations of instrumentalism, parents have claimed that they wanted another …

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