Adam Nash (savior sibling)

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Adam Nash (born August 29, 2000) is an American child who was conceived using preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD).[1]

Early life[edit]

Adam's parents conceived him through in-vitro fertilization and preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) so he could donate cord blood to his sister, Molly, who was born with Fanconi Anaemia and be free of the disease himself.[2][3] Adam was born on August 29, 2000 by Caesarean section.[2][4][5] In October 2000, the blood from Adam's umbilical cord was transplanted to his sister.[3][6]

Adam's conception and birth received both praise and criticism due to the ethical issues surrounding PGD and was also the inspiration of the novel My Sister's Keeper (novel) by Jodi Picoult. Adam has been called "the world's first savior sibling"[1][5] and "the first designer baby".[3]


  1. ^ a b "Baby created to save older sister". BBC News.
  2. ^ a b Steinbock, Bonnie (2003). "Using Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis to Save a Sibling: The Story of Molly and Adam Nash". In Bonnie Steinbock; John D. Arras; Alex John London. Ethical Issues in Modern Medicine (6 ed.). McGraw-Hill. pp. 544–545.
  3. ^ a b c Justo Aznar MD, Ph D. "Designer Babies: A Question of Ethics". Institute of Life´s Science of the Catholic University of Valencia, Spain. Archived from the original on 2013-12-03.
  4. ^ Dickens, BM (2005). "Preimplantation genetic diagnosis and "saviour siblings"". Inter J Gynecol Obstet. 28: 91–96.
  5. ^ a b Kirsty Horsey. "US 'saviour siblings' spark debate". Progress Educational Trust.
  6. ^ Wolf SM; Kahn JP; Wagner JE (2003). "Using preimplantation genetic diagnosis to create a stem cell donor: issues, guidelines and limits". J Law Med Ethics. 31 (3): 327–339. doi:10.1111/j.1748-720x.2003.tb00097.x. PMID 14626542.