Reproductive medicine allows parents who've passed on a genetic disease once to ensure their next child is healthy— and while they're at it, make sure the new baby can save their sick child. This ScienCentral News video has more.
From One Sibling To Another
Lisa and Jack Nash were both carriers of a gene mutation that lead their first daughter to be born with a rare and devastating genetic disorder.
"Fanconi Anemia is a very rare genetic disease— there's only somewhere between five hundred and seven hundred cases in the world," says Lisa Nash. "Both my husband and I are carriers, we gave Molly a bad copy of the gene, so Molly got Fanconi Anemia."
Molly was born with numerous birth defects, one of them life-threatening, and she needed a bone marrow transplant. The Nash's could not find a match for Molly. Lisa and Jack also knew that they wanted to have more healthy children.
"So, having a sibling the old fashion way was not an option for us" Says Lisa Nash.