Doctors in France on Monday announced the country's first birth of a "savior sibling".
A "savior sibling" refers to the creation of a genetically matched human being, in order to be the savior of a sick child in need of a donor. This requires creating human embryos via in vitro fertilization, fertilizing the mother's egg with the father's sperm.
Then, using pre-implantation technology, the embryos are tested, and the one deemed genetically compatible is implanted into the mother's womb in order for the embryo to grow and develop. Once that baby is delivered, the cord blood is often collected because it provides a perfect match for the sick sibling. Later on, bone marrow, blood, or even organs, can also be taken and used for transplantation for the sick sibling.Read More »from Would Have One Child to Save Another? The Moral Dilemma of Savior Siblings