Experts in Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis

German Parliament Allows Some Embryo Screening

According to Reuters, German lawmakers have approved a new measure to allow limited screening of human embryos for possible life-threatening genetic diseases.


“The Bundestag moved to allow some pre-implantation genetic diagnosis, or PGD, by a wide, non-partisan margin. But it also imposed strict conditions: Doctors can perform the screening only when the parents have a strong likelihood of passing on a genetic defect, or when the chances of miscarriage or stillbirth are (genetically) high.”