Picking embryos with best health odds sparks new DNA debate

A handful of companies in the US and Europe are offering embryo risk scores for conditions including schizophrenia, breast cancer and diabetes.
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BOSTON (BLOOMBERG) - Dr Rafal Smigrodzki will not make a big deal of it, but someday, when his toddler daughter Aurea is old enough to understand, he plans to explain that she likely made medical history at the moment of her birth.

Aurea appears to be the first child born after a new type of DNA testing that gave her a "polygenic risk score". It is based on multiple common gene variations that could each have tiny effects. Together, they create higher or lower odds for many common diseases.

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