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Rom J Leg Med26(2)212-217(2018)
DOI:10.4323/rjlm.2018.212
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The embryo survival criterion: a moral obligation or a eugenic practice?

I. d. M. Beriain, S. Penasa,


Abstract: The article provides for a preliminary analysis, from both an ethical and legal point of view, of the benefits and treats derived from the application of the survival criterion as a innovative “non eugenics” parameter of in vitro embryos’ selection following preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD). The use of this criterion, which seems to reduce traditional criticisms raised by the use of PGD, has been recently made possible by the outcomes of two researches, which have describe a relationship between the mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) level and the embryo implantation probabilities. This may represent an objective tool that allows an accurate embryo selection in the IVF context, on the basis of the probability to survive to the transfer process and get implanted into a woman uterus, while significantly increasing moral acceptability of selection.
Keywords: eugenics, embryo selection, concept of embryo, PGD.



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