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September 13, 2007



I find it very disturbing too. But think of it this way. Imagine being a person with the knowledge that if you had a male son he would inherit a genetic fault inherited from you. Now let's imagine that this faulty gene is not inherited if you had a girl. What would you do?


I knew a girl who wanted to wait till she could choose everything about her baby before she had one...

"Hmm... yes, I think I'll take a girl with brown eyes... light brown hair... interested in world domination... likes to play the flute... oh and er, superhuman so she'll never ever have any kind of sickness. I think that covers it."


She might be waiting a while.


Ah, I-Know-Who-You-Are and I know where you are coming from, and you make a good point.

If I was in that situation, then yes I might choose to have a girl.

But what disturbed me was not that a baby's gender could be chosen, I'm not squeamish about such things and actually find them quite fascinating. What disturbed me was how it was being marketed as a commercial product, the way you'd market interior decorating. It wasn't offered for medical purposes, it was merely for personal preference. I can just picture it - darling, I don't like blue, I want to decorate the nursery in pink. So we'd better have a girl...

I personally want GIRLS because I grew up with two sisters and, besides not having a clue as to raising boys, I would like to dress my kids in frilly pink dresses and so on... but I wouldn't tamper with the gender of my babies just because I think girls are cute.

Anyway, hope that clears up the point - it was the casual approach that I didn't like.

Tara, lol.


Bah, then the Maltese should have no children at all. That's the only way to stop sky-high blood pressure levels, heart diseases, high cholesterol problems and diabetes...

And just because your daughter does not suffer from your "genetic fault", that doesn't mean she cannot be a carrier of that gene (assuming this is the case). I'm totally green in biology, but I know a thing or two about G6PD and that's how it works, apparently.


Kenneth, yes X-linked recessive defects are passed down from the mother (as long as the father is not affected) and there would be a 50% chance of a daughter being a carrier, like there is a 50% chance of a son being affected. What we are talking about is the difference between having a child with a 50% chance of suffering from a genetic defect, and having a child with a 50% chance of carrying a genetic defect. Big difference.


Since I understood more or less nothing from what you wrote, you win :)


Thanks for your support maltagirl. And Kenneth, yes it is horrid both ways. I know all about it.

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