Law Lords back saviour siblings ruling

5 July 2005

The Law Lords have upheld an earlier court decision that the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) acted lawfully in permitting the Hashmi family to use pre-implantation tissue-typing to select tissue matched embryos for their son (see BBC news report). Zain Hashmi suffers from the serious genetic disorder beta thalassaemia major, requiring regular blood transfusions and drug treatment to keep him alive; his parents received permission from the HFEA to proceed with treatment to select embryos that were a tissue match for Zain, so that stem cells from the newborn child

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