Breast cancer patients to select embryos

Women with a serious type of genetically-determined breast cancer will soon be able to select their embryos so they do not pass the gene on to their children, junior health minister Jet Bussemaker told tv news programme Network on Monday evening.

At the moment, selecting test tube embryos before they are placed in the womb is illegal, but Bussemaker said she will change the law to make it possible for ‘this very specific group’.
Bussemaker’s predecessor Clemence Ross stopped the practice of checking embryos for the breast cancer gene and then selecting those without it in May 2006.

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