Dying To Have A Family

Genetic screening guaranteed a healthy baby. Did Mom make the right choice?

Children are the hands by which we take hold of heaven, Henry Ward Beecher once observed, which may be as good an explanation as any for why a woman facing death would go to any length to bear a child. And what greater gift could she give than the gift of a healthy life--even if she might not be there to share it?

That was the question on the table last week with news of the birth of the first baby ever bred to avoid the risk of early-onset Alzheimer's disease. There may be only a dozen families in the world...

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