February 2010

PGD decision time at the HFEA

No surprises from the HFEA in today’s decision to permit exclusion and non-disclosure testing, and to deregulate later onset, lower penetrance conditions. The relevant regulations governing pre-implantation genetic diagnosis become yet more permissive. As CORE correctly anticipated last week, the Authority has re-stated its official position that discarding healthy embryos is entirely permissible if it […] Read more

HFEA meets to discuss pgd regulation

CORE reflects on attending an open meeting of the HFEA, held on 1st December 2009 at the Barbican Centre in London. In October 2009, the HFEA started its fundamental overhaul of the way in which Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD) cases would be regulated in future. The Authority took the significant step of licensing the procedure […] Read more

116 current reasons to discard human embryos – hfea has a little list

The Sunday Times coverage (www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/science/genetics/article6999861.ece) of the various genetic conditions which can be tested prior to the implantation of an in vitro embryo, has generated considerable debate, not least because some of the identified diseases are definitely not life-threatening. Nevertheless all the embryos in question will be discarded, or as the current Chair of the […] Read more