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Fertilisation authority rules in favour of embryo selection for tissue donation

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: (Published 29 July 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:251
  1. Rebecca Coombes
  1. London

    The UK Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority has given parents new powers to select embryos so that the baby created can become a tissue donor to an ill sibling.

    The move relaxes regulations laid down by the authority in 2001 to govern preimplantation genetic diagnosis—rules that were widely criticised as inconsistent.

    Before last week's decision tissue typing could be carried out only in cells that had already been taken from embryos for the purpose of testing for inherited diseases. The process was considered too invasive to be used more widely.

    But Suzi Leather, the authority's …

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