Saturday, April 10, 2021

First Baby Born from a Polygenically Screened Embryo (video panel)


This historic panel discussion begins with an introduction to the history of in vitro fertilization (IVF), and describes the latest technologies in genetic screening of embryos. Topics include: polygenic risk scores, bioethics of assisted reproduction, societal acceptance of new reproductive technologies.

At 23:50 Dr. Rafal Smigrodzki tells the story of his daughter Aurea, the first baby born from a polygenically screened embryo (2020).

The panelists include: 

Prof. Simon Fishel, the last surviving member of the team that successfully pioneered conception through IVF, leading to the birth of Louise Brown on 25 July 1978. Fishel has been the President of CARE Fertility, the largest IVF provider in the UK. 

Elizabeth Carr, the first US IVF baby, who will celebrate her 40th birthday later this year.

Dr. Rafal Smigrodzki (MD PhD), father of Aurea, the first baby born from a polygenically screened embryo. 

Prof. Julian Savalescu, Uehiro Chair in Practical Ethics at the University of Oxford. Savulescu coined the phrase procreative beneficence, and is one of the leading philosophers working in bioethics. 

Dr. Nathan Treff, Chief Scientist, Genomic Prediction 

Jennifer Eccles, Head of Genetic Counseling, Genomic Prediction 

Laurent Tellier, CEO, Genomic Prediction

This is a short introduction to polygenic risk screening in IVF:

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