People have been having babies since...well, since forever, but it was in 1978 that the practice too a huge leap forward. This was the year Louise Brown was born, becoming the first baby born using in-vitro fertilization. At the time, it was hugely controversial - a debate that has only gotten broader in the ensuing years. IVF babies are one thing - a miracle given to parents who are denied the joy of natural conception - but is it the same thing if one chooses to have a blue-eyed boy with dark hair, who will stand 190cm tall with a medium build and have a natural gift for sports?
With modern technology, doctors and scientists are playing a role of God. Many see the benefit these technologies have in helping infertile couple conceive or to avoid having a sick child. However, some continue to push the envelope, not only to make sure their baby is healthy, but selecting gender, skin color, eye color, hair color, IQ, height, the avoidance of chronic diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, heart diseases, cancer, and more.
This month BkkSci is very happy to have Dr. Somjate Manipalviratn, Obstetrician and Gynecologist who specializes in infertility and reproductive endocrinology. During his talk, he will cover pre-implantation genetic diagnosis, the implications it has on the field of obstetrics, the pros and cons of using this technology as it becomes cheaper and available to more and more people, and the debate on just how far we should go down this road.