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Watchdog approves embryo selection to treat 3 year old child

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.324.7336.503/a (Published 02 March 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:503
  1. Clare Dyer, legal correspondent
  1. BMJ

    The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority last week gave the go-ahead for the first time in the United Kingdom for embryo selection to be used for the purpose of treating an existing sibling.

    The authority agreed that Raj and Shahana Hashmi could use genetic tests, in conjunction with in vitro fertilisation, to have a child whose umbilical cord blood could save the life of their 3 year old son, Zain. The couple asked the authority for permission last year (6 October, p 767).

    The couple's embryos will be screened for thalassaemia, the blood disorder that Zain has inherited, and then …

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