In vitro fertilisation is very common today and perhaps the common observation of twin births in elderly prosperous females is one result .However, steps are now in action to produce, what may be termed a “choice “ for implantation based on polygenic risk scores based on SNP array results on the embryo.
Sometime next year, two male gay parents will have a child by in vitro fertilisation of an ovum from a female donor fertilised by both fathers.50:50.This is not unique in itself but the couple will for the first time choose which embryo should be implanted in the surrogate mother based on the results of multiple SNP arrays on the embryos which will give the best chance of a disease free life for their offspring, based on the polygenic risk score for common medical illnesses.
This is a first, when the choice of parents progeny is in the hands of the parents. Will this be the beginning of designer babies for the rich and famous.?At present the SNP arrays used,are for predicting common adult medical conditions.But, there are studies to show that this can be extended to traits like skin colour, height and IQ.When these are allowed ,the reproductive medicine industry will be the centre of controversy by helping parents to produce offspring by design.The design will be the choice of parents.As we stand on the threshold of advances in Reproductive Medicine,the miracle of birth will become a choice for those with deep pockets.We need ask ourselves, are we nearer to playing GOD.?
We have been in Medical practice for over 50 years and have seen many advances but this one will affect the whole world in the century to come.
Hi,I am posting a song that has much meaning but would anyone of us have thought of expressing it the way John Lennon did in 1971.?In fact it was a song that Lennon wrote from inspiration from the book written by Yoko Ono in 1964 called Grapefruit.Yoko, was in many ways coming to terms with her identity as a child of mixed parents living in New York.John made Yoko’s thoughts into the best lyrics and music that the world now enjoys.Enjoy the music,with musicians from all over the world.It is in my view an everlasting favourite, waiting for Utopia.! Eddie.
This song is in Tamil.Unfortunately it has no English subtitles.However,the song is advice from mother to her son about the harm from drinking too much palmyra toddy.To those who understand Tamil, it is an interesting song about young men and their frequent visits to the toddy kiosk which I am sure was an important feature of village life in old Jaffna.I am not sure whether this convenience is still flourishing.Fresh Palmyra toddy was always a must do item on visits to Jaffna in days gone by.! Eddie.
Hi, All lovers of Hindi songs of yesteryear.This is a recent rendition of an old Chitra Singh ghazal.Hope you like it.I cannot understand the words and when I asked the person who sent it,the reply was, can’t you see it in her eyes.!!.Enjoy.Eddie.
This painting depicts a controversy.What is it.? Clue, an incident almost 222 years ago..
Dear colleagues, I came across this interesting video which may interest everyone especially our Hindu brothers and sisters in our batch.I am sure, many of you would have visited this temple. Even if you have, enjoy one of the special places of Hindu worship.Eddie
Hi ,This is a NZ Christmas tree, now in flower all over town.This tree must be about 20 years old These trees are long lived and herald the Christmas season every year throughout the coastal regions.Eddie.
Hi colleagues,Enjoy the music and the moves.Eddie.
Just what the doctor ordered to take your winter blues away. Enjoy.Eddie.