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Survey: Surprising Number of Americans Would Screen Embryos for Intellectual Aptitude

‘The genetic screening of embryos is a sanitized form of eugenics,’ said John Brehany, executive vice president at the National Catholic Bioethics Center.

The survey asked respondents whether they would test and edit an embryo’s genes to increase the chances the conceived child would grow up to attend an extremely competitive college. Catholic ethics reject any use of in vitro fertilization to conceive a child and teach that any genetic screening is gravely unethical.