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Rare Genetic Disorder Tied to Assisted Reproduction

Research links a rare genetic disorder to children who are conceived through assisted reproductive technologies such as in vitro fertilization. Beckwith Weidemann Syndrome affects about one in 14,000 births each year in the United States. NPR's Joe Palca reports.

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Joe Palca is a science correspondent for NPR. Since joining NPR in 1992, Palca has covered a range of science topics — everything from biomedical research to astronomy. He is currently focused on the eponymous series, "Joe's Big Idea." Stories in the series explore the minds and motivations of scientists and inventors. Palca is also the founder of NPR Scicommers – A science communication collective.