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Germany allows restricted access to preimplantation genetic testing

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 12 July 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d4425
  1. Annette Tuffs
  1. 1Heidelberg

The German parliament has passed a law that allows preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) of embryos after in vitro fertilisation if the parents have a strong likelihood of passing on a defect or if the chances of a miscarriage or stillbirth are high for genetic reasons.

The law makes counselling before PGD obligatory and says that an interdisciplinary ethics committee has to agree each case.

MPs were asked to take a free vote on the law on 7 July after a long and emotional debate. A majority of 326 versus 260 voted for the law. In contrast to many other European …

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