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BioNews Comment articles written by Professor Vardit Ravitsky:

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Reflections on the ethical debate surrounding non-invasive prenatal genetic diagnosis
12 September 2011 - by Professor Vardit Ravitsky
An up-and-coming technology will soon allow genetic testing of a fetus with a simple maternal blood test early in the first trimester of the pregnancy by isolating cell-free fetal DNA in the mother's plasma. Currently, obtaining reliable diagnostic genetic information requires invasive testing with Chorionic Villus Sampling (CVS) or amniocentesis. Both carry a risk of miscarriage and are performed between weeks 10 and 20 of the pregnancy... [Read More]
Sperm donation: The US regulatory vacuum and its ethical ramifications
21 June 2010 - by Professor Vardit Ravitsky
The debate surrounding the rights and welfare of donor offspring has been gaining momentum over the past few years, and a growing number of countries have already banned anonymous sperm donation to ensure the right of offspring to access information about their donors... [Read More]