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Prenatal diagnosis and the transformation of the epistemic place of heredity

Abstract : The introduction of new techniques of prenatal diagnosis in the 1960s transformed already back then, and continues to transform, the epistemic space of human heredity. These techniques – like karyotyping, amniocentesis, obstetrical ultrasound, and, more recently, analysis of free foetal DNA in maternal blood – modify the way in which people influence the transmission of traits to their offspring and thus have the potential to define what a “normal,” “acceptable,” or “valuable” human being is.
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Ilana Löwy. Prenatal diagnosis and the transformation of the epistemic place of heredity. History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences, Springer Verlag, 2013, 35 (1), pp.99-104. ⟨hal-03479076⟩

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