Fertility Clinic Ensures Transplant with Tissue-Match A Chicago fertility clinic reports using a technique called PGD (pre-implantation genetic diagnosis) to help couples have a child with a particular tissue type — allowing the new child's stem cells to be used to treat a sick sibling. The technique is controversial, because the tissue-type selection offers no benefit to the child, only to the child's sibling. NPR's Joe Palca reports.
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Fertility Clinic Ensures Transplant with Tissue-Match

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Fertility Clinic Ensures Transplant with Tissue-Match

Fertility Clinic Ensures Transplant with Tissue-Match

Fertility Clinic Ensures Transplant with Tissue-Match

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A Chicago fertility clinic reports using a technique called PGD (pre-implantation genetic diagnosis) to help couples have a child with a particular tissue type — allowing the new child's stem cells to be used to treat a sick sibling. The technique is controversial, because the tissue-type selection offers no benefit to the child, only to the child's sibling. NPR's Joe Palca reports.