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German MPs are to vote on allowing preimplantation genetic diagnosis

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c6017 (Published 25 October 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c6017
  1. Annette Tuffs
  1. 1Heidelberg

The German chancellor, Angela Merkel, announced her objection to preimplantation genetic diagnosis at a recent party conference. However, she has agreed to a free parliamentary vote on whether to allow pre-screening of fertilised embryos in Germany.

The leader of the ruling Christian Democratic Union announced the conscience vote after admitting that she opposed the procedure, which identifies possible genetic disorders. “We should ban preimplantation diagnostics,” said Chancellor Merkel, reflecting her party’s conservative stance.

Meanwhile her coalition partner has replied that his party …

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