Sunday papers and others today report the IVF egg raffle that is being hosted by the London Bridge fertility clinic. On their website they also offer genetic testing for 100 recessive genes…the ones that have no consequence unless both parents are carriers.Where are we going with this? I’m not against IVF, but I question the NHS paying for it, and I abhor the commoditisation of humanity.
The HFEA weakly says the IVF raffle isn’t illegal; the latter testing is promoted virtually unregulated in the UK with naive potential parents being scared into extra medical costs. I don’t object to some genetic screening; I do object to the manipulation, the drive to turn us all into patients and the suspect utility and validity of these tests. I expect if we were all tested for 100 recessive genes we’d all come up with interesting and potentially scary recessive traits. Retail genetics and body shopping have profound consequences for society, and they should not be sanctioned without us considering the impact on the future of humanity.