The first British baby born from an embryo screened to ensure she was free from a genetic risk of breast cancer has been delivered.
The use of this technology is controversial but I understand why propsective parents might choose to use it.
Our sons had degenerative brain disorders the cause of which was never determined but which was almost certainly genetic.
Neither passed any of the developmental milestones which left them with multihandicaps. Tom lived just 20 weeks and Dan died 10 days after his fifth birthday unable to do anything more by himself when he died than he could when he was born.
We decided the one in four risk of having another baby with the same condition was too great.
Pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) wasn’t available 20 years ago and given no-one knew what to test for wouldn’t have been an option anyway. But if we could have used it we almost certainly would have.