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German ethics chief supports PID (pre-implantation diagnostics):

This article was originally published in Clinica

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The case for pre-implantation diagnostics (PID) in Germany was boosted last week by support from Ludwig Siep, chairman of the newly-established central ethics commission. Professor Siep said that there was essentially very little difference between PID and prenatal diagnostics (PND), which is allowed in Germany under certain restrictions, and that both were traumatic for mothers. "We have to analyse whether we can impose the risk of great suffering on certain people in order to protect the general public from a very uncertain avalanche of dangers," he told the Kolner Stadt-Anzeiger. He added that disabled people would not be discriminated against simply because parents were being helped to have a healthy child. He also rejected the idea that PID would lead to "designer babies".

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