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Saturday, August 20, 2005

Embryonic Euthanasia For Non-Lethal Eye problems

DOCTORS have been given permission to screen embryos for a rare form of eye cancer for the first time, it emerged yesterday.

Four couples at risk of having children with retinoblastoma, a rare childhood eye tumour, will undergo the treatment after a London clinic was granted a licence by the government's fertility watchdog.

The decision breaks new ethical ground in the debate on "designer babies", because retinoblastoma is rarely fatal. Treatment is successful in 95 per cent of cases and not all of those with the defective gene develop the disease.

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