Assisted Reproductive Technologies ( Art ) Essay

1067 Words Oct 20th, 2016 5 Pages
Assisted reproductive technologies (ART) are treatments that deal with both the sperm and eggs of a couple. ART are various treatments that can grant a patiences ' wish by aiding fertilization, providing a uterus or replacing the source of a gamete. The scenario I selected is about a deaf couple with a specific form of inherited deafness who would like to use ART to ensure they have a biological child that is also deaf. In vitro fertilization and preimplantation genetic diagnosis, commonly referred as IVF and PGD, are two examples of an assisted reproductive technology that would help achieve their desire. IVF is the process of fertilization by manually combining an egg and sperm in a laboratory dish. (“In Vitro Fertilization,”2016) As for PGD, it is a process in which it identifies genetic defects within the embryos created through IVF to prevent certain diseases or disorders from being passed on to the child. This technology is mainly used to remove embryos, which contain any type of defect like cystic fibrosis or Huntington’s disease so only healthy embryos are implanted. (“Preimplantation,”2016) In simpler terms, these two assisted reproductive technologies involve a couple to go through a painful and expensive procedure in order to produce a certain child, whether it deal with gender or genetics, in this case a defective gene. Believe it or not, there are some parents out there who do not view genetic conditions as a disability, but as a way to share a certain…

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