Who Might Benefit From Microsort

Many couples would prefer to have a child of one gender or the other. Perhaps they already have one or more children of one gender and would like to have a child of the other gender. As fertility patients, they have already endured a great deal to have a baby. They realize that they may only be able to endure fertility treatments one or two more times, so they may desire to choose the sex of their planned upcoming pregnancy.

In some cases, a person may be the carrier of a gender-linked genetic disease that they don't want to pass along to their offspring. An example of this is the genetically inherited condition of hemophilia, in which the male is most susceptible to the disease. The gene for hemophilia is carried on the X chromosome. A female baby would inherit one X that contains the hemophilia gene and one X that is normal. The normal X balances out the abnormal X so she does not have hemophilia but is a genetic carrier. A baby boy is born with one X and one Y chromosome. If his X chromosome contains the hemophilia gene, he is stricken with this life-threatening disorder, because his Y chromosome is too small and not able to counterbalance the diseased X. You can see why couples who are carriers of hemophilia often prefer to have only female children.

In each of these situations, MicroSort can be used to shift the odds in favor of the parents' becoming pregnant with a child of their desired gender.

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