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New Company Pushes the Envelope on Pre-Conception Testing

Science  19 Oct 2012:
Vol. 338, Issue 6105, pp. 315-316
DOI: 10.1126/science.338.6105.315

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A Princeton University geneticist and a former consultant whose son has a rare metabolic disease have formed a company to predict disease risk in hypothetical children based on the DNA of prospective parents. The company, aptly named GenePeeks, is the brainchild of Lee Silver, a molecular geneticist, and Anne Morriss, who used a sperm donor to conceive her child 6 years ago. Their goal is to help parents improve their chances of having healthy offspring. The company's plans are creating buzz among geneticists and others, who are questioning whether the science is up to the challenge and raising possible ethical concerns.