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Couple wins right to select embryo

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: (Published 12 April 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:782
  1. Clare Dyer, legal correspondent
  1. BMJ

    A couple hoping to conceive a baby whose umbilical cord blood could save the life of their 4 year old son was given the go-ahead for the treatment by the Court of Appeal this week.

    The couple, Raj and Shahana Hashmi, from Leeds, had their hopes dashed last December, when a High Court judge, Mr Justice Maurice Kay, ruled that the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) had no power to license the treatment—tissue typing with embryo selection.

    The HFEA took the case to the Court of Appeal. On Tuesday, Lord Phillips, master of the rolls, Lord Justice Schiemann, and Lord Justice Mance, overturned the High Court …

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