The Ethical Dilemmas of Modern Genetics and Making Babies

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Author Bonnie Rochman poses for a photo. (Photo: Dov Pinker)

Once the frontier of science fiction, today’s genetic technology could allow parents to choose their children’s gender and hair color, or design an embryo with a lower risk of certain diseases. But how much should parents tinker with their children's genetic makeup? And how much information should physicians share about the likelihood of disease for an unborn child? Bonnie Rochman explores these questions in her new book, “The Gene Machine: How Genetic Technologies Are Changing the Way We Have Kids -- and the Kids We Have.” A former health and parenting columnist for Time.com, Rochman discusses the ethical dilemmas pediatricians and genetic counselors face in guiding parents through these unprecedented decisions.

Guests:
Bonnie Rochman,
author, “The Gene Machine: How Genetic Technologies Are Changing the Way We Have Kids -- and the Kids We Have"

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