From the Associated Press:
In an apparent reference to pre-implantation genetic diagnosis, Pope Benedict XVI said Saturday that any type of discrimination based on genetics is an “attack against all of humanity.”
The remarks came during an audience with participants at a Vatican conference on “New Frontiers of Genetics and the Risk of Eugenics.”
While praising scientific progress that permits enhanced treatment for disease, the pope said medical advances have been accompanied by “worrisome displays” of discrimination that favor “efficiency, perfection and physical beauty at the expense of other forms of existence that are deemed unworthy.”
In PGD, embryos can be tested for genetic conditions like Down syndrome, sickle-cell anemia and cystic fibrosis before implantation in the uterus.