Assisted reproductive technologies: genetic and nursing implications.

S L Jones


The convergence of the fields of clinical genetics and assisted reproductive technologies is providing couples at risk for transmitting a genetic disorder to their children with new reproductive alternatives. The ability to test the preimplantation embryo for genetic anomalies, sort for X- and Y-bearing sperm, and improve genetic screening of gamete donors and couples at risk for a genetic disorder, are examples of these alternatives. The scope of nursing practice will be affected by the integration of these technologies into the health care offered to consumers. Opportunities also will exist for nurses to assist in the redefinition of health and illness that will be the serendipitous outcome of these scientific advances.