Eugenics threat growing in IVF industry: British fertility expert



ROME, April 8, 2013 (

An English Peer and fertility expert has warned of the growing danger of eugenics in the flourishing artificial procreation industry.

Lord Robert Winston, himself a pioneer in the use and “genetic screening” of embryos, has long been a voice of caution, warning successive governments that current legal restrictions are insufficient to regulate, or even keep pace with the rapid growth of the industry.

Lord Winston, speaking at a lecture at the meeting of the Society for Reproduction and Fertility (SRF) at the Roslin Institute in Edinburgh, warned that the increasing use of techniques to genetically manipulate embryos could lead to a new form of eugenics in which parents modify their children to enhance “desirable characteristics” like beauty or intelligence.