Friday, May 12, 2006

British women to be allowed to select embryos without cancer-causing genes

British women with inherited forms of breast cancer will be allowed to select embryos free from genes that can cause the disease, according to a report in the Times on Tuesday. The recommendation has won the backing of the Human Fertilization and Embryology Authority (HFEA) ethics and law committee and will be approved on Wednesday by the government's fertility watchdog, the report said. The landmark ruling from the HFEA will permit thousands of women who carry the BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations, which are known to increase the likelihood of developing breast cancer, to spare their daughters a genetic inheritance that confers an 80 percent lifetime risk of developing breast cancer. The move also applies to a third gene that predisposes to bowel cancer. --Click the title of this post to read the full article from its source--

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