Artificial Insemination and the Genetic Defect Crisis: A Review of Quality Control and Crisis Management
The positive aspects of artificial insemination are the subject of much enthusiastic attention by both patients and medical personnel involved. The spectre of a genetic crisis is frequently mentioned but seldom examined in detail. Although reasonable efforts are made by most competent clinics to screen out donor defects, it is inevitable that a genetic crisis will eventually arise in most clinics. In addition, a child born with congenital abnormalities will frequently have a dramatic impact on previously repressed psychological stresses or stresses associated with the act of artificial insemination. This article reports such a crisis and examines the implications of quality control for semen donors and the importance of a carefully planned group effort and a contingency plan for such an event.
KeywordsRetinitis Pigmentosa Club Foot Cleft Palate genetiC Screening Artificial Insemination
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