IVF costs around $14,000 -- but for $6,000 more you can chose the sex of your baby and find out if your child has the genes to develop any one of 6000 diseases. You may be thinking this is illegal, but it's not -- the American Society for Reproductive Medicine does not prohibit gender selection. In fact, they have approved its use in cases of family balancing.
Dr. Jeffrey Steinberg, Director of the Fertility Institute, says half of his patients are from overseas, mostly from Europe and Asian countries. At his clinics, he uses genetic probes that attach to an X or Y chromosome visible under a florescent microscope, making gender selection accurate 100% of the time. He is also able to detect known genetic disorders and then use only those embryos that don't carry the disease.
If you are interested in choosing your future child's gender you'll need to act fast, because sex selection is discouraged for women 40 years old and over. Although if the patient is in good health, Dr. Steinberg says there could be an exception.
Dr. Steinberg told us that he has two daughters and a son -- but he did not pick their gender. Although he admits that he would have if he had to! He has helped over 4000 couples pick their future child's gender and is on the cutting edge of fertility breakthroughs on a daily basis.
Pretty soon you will also be able to choose your baby's eye color and hair color too!
Is this playing around with Mother Nature? Or is it science helping out humanity? What do you think?