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Court allows preimplantation genetic diagnosis in Germany

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 12 July 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c3741
  1. Annette Tuffs
  1. 1Heidelberg

    A decision last week by Germany’s Federal Supreme Court to acquit a gynaecologist of illegal abortion after he chose to carry out genetic diagnosis on several human embryos and discarded those with genetic defects has stirred a debate about the possible need for a new law tightening the rules on preimplantation genetic diagnosis.

    The landmark ruling said that embryos created from in vitro fertilisation (IVF) can be screened for genetic defects before being implanted in the womb.

    The 47 year old doctor, who was not identified, brought the case to court himself in 2006 to clarify the legal situation. He had already been acquitted in …

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