First children benefit from assisted reproduction

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5 December 2006, MADRID — Three couples will be allowed to have a child specifically selected to cure an extremely ill sibling, in a landmark decision.

5 December 2006

MADRID — Three couples will be allowed to have a child specifically selected to cure an extremely ill sibling, in a landmark decision.

The health ministry commission said three girls aged between one  and five who suffer from two rare forms of anaemia—Fanconi's syndrome and beta thalassemia — will benefit from the procedure.

It involves selecting an embryo that is free of the disease and implanting it into the woman's uterus.

The newborn becomes a donor of marrow or umbilical cord cells, which will help cure the older sibling.

The Assisted Reproduction Law, which was passed last May, meant this experimental technique, which has few precedents in the world, could be used in Spain.

It has met with some opposition in Spain, from the Roman Catholic Church.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

 

 

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