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First Baby To Be Born Breast Cancer Free

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Because of hereditary breast cancer on both sides of the parents, a British couple produced 11 embryos from which two were selected for artificial implantation. The mother is now 14 weeks pregnant, reassured that her children will not develop breast cancer in adulthood. If the couple had decided to have children normally, any daughters born would have had a 50% to 80% chance of developing breast cancer.

By screening out embryos carrying the gene, called BRCA-1, the couple, from London, will eliminate the hereditary disease from their lineage.

About 5% of the 44,000 cases of breast cancer diagnosed in Britain each year are estimated to be caused by the BRCA-1 and BRCA-2 genes, both of which can be detected in embryos.

Doctors say thousands of cases of breast cancer could be avoided by screening embryyos using the technique called preimplantation diagnosis (PGD).

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Written by smalltalkwitht

June 28, 2008 at 10:18 pm

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  1. Lots of things can be “avoided” by screening pre-born babies, er, I mean embryos.

    T.O’Neil

    Anonymous

    June 30, 2008 at 8:36 am


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