While the article didn’t say outright that the other non ‘healthy’ (their words, not mine) embryos were destroyed, it did say that the couple froze 2 of the ‘healthy’ ones, so I assume that the others were indeed destroyed. That is a tragedy. I don’t understand why the others couldn’t have been placed for adoption, at the very least.
I’m not sure how the system works in the UK, with regards to infertility treatment, but here, with no ins coverage, one round of IVF (that’s roughly equal to 1 month of trying/trreatment) is about $15,000. So unless more ins picks this up in coverage, or it becomes a ‘fad’ of the rich, I don’t see this becoming mainstream.
Also, the article stated that they had removed the gene from their lineage. Not really. Only from their immediate children using this technique. Said children could marry someone with the gene and thus carry it on in the grandchildren (someone correct me if I’m wrong here, it’s been a while) so they’ve really only ‘saved’ this one generation.
Also again, I hope that other diseases were screened for at the same time, or they may have saved them from breast cancer, only to have them die from something else genetic.
A twisty, tricky road all the way round.