Prenatal medical testing has long been a balance of risk with information. Submit yourself to tests and you can find out about the genetic makeup of your future child, but risk miscarriage and other complications. Omit the tests, and a pregnancy is safer, its outcome uncertain.
That’s how it used to be, anyway. Now, genetic tests are becoming so cheap and non-invasive that they could become as routine as an ultrasound. DNA from the fetus is known to float freely in the mother’s blood and can be drawn in seconds, to be later analyzed for things like Down syndrome.
What will this mean for parents who discover birth defects or diseases in their unborn children? It’s impossible to know precisely who a child will become, but a world in which parents are informed of their baby’s genetics just weeks after conception brings with it a lot of ethical dilemmas.
Erin Biba analyzes this in one of the most interesting medical articles I’ve read in a long time, at Wired Science.
Happy new baktun ;)
Gay Disney Princes
it’s so beautiful I want to cry
Gay Disney princes
I’VE BEEN WAITING FOR THIS.
I love Jon Stewart
I take great pride in knowing one of those [BOOS] is mine.
My vagina has wifi!
♫ Misogyny! (do DOO do doodoo) ♫
A comic about the different types of attraction one might feel. I saw these floating around on tumblr. These were originally taken from a website about asexuality. Although, I think people who are not asexual feel these regularly too. There’s all kinds of attractions for all kinds of people. Enjoy.
This is adorable ^-^
lots and lots of squishes
I have many squishes…you all know who you are
Types of attraction