Study Reveals Mixed Public Opinion on Polygenic Embryo Screening for IVF

Survey reveals nearly three-quarters of U.S. adults support using emerging technology to screen embryos during IVF for risk of developing certain health conditions or traits that arise from more than one gene.

Only about one-third of respondents approved of using the technology to predict traits unrelated to disease.

Nearly all expressed concerns about potential negative outcomes for individuals or society.

Findings underscore need for public education about benefits, limitations, ethical hazards of polygenic risk scores for embryos.