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Couples offered designer babies

Hundreds of Scottish couples are being offered a revolutionary screening service to create “designer babies” free of deadly genetic diseases.

The treatment – which could be funded by the NHS – involves taking a single cell from an embryo created using IVF and testing it for one of 200 rogue genes behind inherited conditions including cancers and cystic fibrosis.

The private clinic in Glasgow will then implant only embryos guaranteed free of a specific genetic fault, charging £5,500 for each round of treatment.

A spokesman for the Catholic Church in Scotland warned that the danger with the technique was that in the future far less serious illnesses would be screened out of the population.

He said: “This is not a cure for any disease, but a way of destroying those afflicted at the earliest stage of life. It is completely unethical and shouldn’t be supported.”

Full story at Scotland on Sunday.

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