Genetic selection of embryos gets green light

16th February 2006, Comments 0 comments

16 February 2006, MADRID — The government approved a bill to allow embryos to be genetically selected.

16 February 2006

MADRID — The government approved a bill to allow embryos to be genetically selected.

The lower house of parliament or Congress approved the assisted human reproduction bill which will mean a couple can select a new baby's embryo so that he or she would be able to provide cells to cure his or her sick brother or sister.

But the bill has been opposed by the Popular Party (PP) which voted against the measure.

Health minister Elena Salgado claimed the PP  only opposed the bill because of "pseudo-religious" arguments, and the most conservative elements within the Roman Catholic church.

She said there are 150 families currently on waiting lists for this type of treatment, and that the technique would only be used in very exceptional circumstances.

It will have to be cleared first by the National Commission of Assisted Human Reproduction, to ensure ethical and scientific guarantees.

The minister also denied the ultimate goal of the new law is to pave the way for the cloning of embryos for cosmetic, pharmaceutical or military research purposes. 

The draft bill is to go before the Senate for further debate.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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