IVF tech by country: historical growth

Some time ago, I made a plot of this that Steve Hsu ended up posting. However, here’s a newer one. The public datafile is here. Latest published report is here, which reports data for 2014. They publish a paper every year, or so, which report on ~5 year old data. I see no report for…

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There’s a lot more to the Mendelians

There’s a highly interesting new paper out: The Genetic Basis of Mendelian Phenotypes: Discoveries, Challenges, and Opportunities (Mendelians are also known as monogenic disorders because they are inherited in patterns that follow Mendel’s laws.) Abstract: Discovering the genetic basis of a Mendelian phenotype establishes a causal link between genotype and phenotype, making possible carrier and…

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Hollywood eugenics and actual eugenics

I oppose coercive eugenic policies, so don’t try to quote mine my blunt discussion as support for such policies. Hollywood has a new anti-eugenics movie out, called The Thinning. There’s a trailer, and it will likely spoil the entire movie for you, but I reckon it will be crappy anyway, so: For those too lazy…

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Comments on Gwern’s Counteracting Dysgenics

https://www.gwern.net/Embryo%20selection#counteracting-dysgenics Gwern has a very long and detailed post/page on embryo selection and related matters. You should definitely read it. He has just added a new section on counteracting dysgenics — the genetic evolution of undesirable traits — and asked for my comments/thoughts. The background for the discussion are the recent genomic findings supporting dysgenic…

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Medical geneticists on PGD for non-medical purposes

Quoted from Textbook of Human Reproductive Genetics, chapter 13: PGD within the“autonomy model” According to what may be called the “autonomy model,” prospective parents are free to use PGD in order to select embryos on the basis of any characteristic they prefer, whether health related or not. Opponents argue that selecting for non-medical characteristics violates…

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