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Controversy over Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis in Ireland
A fertility clinic is to offer genetic screening of embryos for the first time in Ireland, which will inform parents if their child has an inherited disease such as cystic fibrosis. The move has sparked controversy among anti-abortion campaigners who fear it could eventually lead to embryos being screened for minor deficiencies, or even to sex selection. But ealth professionals say the screening of embryos could play a vital role in preventing miscarriages and the inheritance of debilitating genetic conditions.