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Mini Medical School examines genetic testing and human reproduction

Today it’s possible to perform genetic tests in embryos conceived by in vitro fertilization before a woman becomes pregnant. That’s good news for a parent with a known genetic condition looking to prevent having a child with a serious hereditary disease or disorder. But it also suggests that parents may one day choose their child’s gender, hair color, or aptitude for math. Are “designer” babies the future of family planning?

On Thursday, Oct. 17, the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, the Iowa Institute of Human Genetics, and the Innovation, Business and Law Center will host a Mini Medical School program, "The Future of Human Reproduction," featuring discussion of how and why preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) is done and the ethical, social, and legal issues surrounding its use.

The educational program will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the Prem Sahai Auditorium in the Medical Education and Research Facility on the UI health sciences campus. Check-in and reception with a light meal will be from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Speakers will include Amy Sparks, director of Reproductive Testing and In Vitro Fertilization Lab at UI Hospitals and Clinics; and Hank Greely, director of the Center for Law and the Biosciences at Stanford University.

Mini Medical School is free and open to the public. However, space is limited and registration is required. To register, visit online or call 877-MED-IOWA or 319-335-8886.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all UI-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to attend this event, call UI Health Care Marketing and Communications Division of External Relations in advance at 319-335-8886

Story Source: UI Health Care Marketing and Communications, 200 Hawkins Drive, Room W319 GH, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1009

Media Contact: Jackie Williams, UI Health Care Marketing and Communications,