Bionews reports that gender selection in IVF as a method of avoiding autism has been approved for the first time by health authorities in Western Australia.

The state’s Reproductive Technology Council has approved the application of preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) in a fertility clinic to select sex in order to minimise the risk of autism.

The use of this technique could be particularly relevant for families who have more than one boy with autism, since males are about four times more likely to have autism spectrum disorder (ASD).