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Cancer free baby born

9th January 2009

The first baby in the UK tested before conception for a genetic form of breast cancer has been born.

The girl and her mother were doing well following the birth at University College London. The embryo was screened for the altered BRCA1 gene, which would have meant the girl had an 80% chance of developing breast cancer, after women in three generations of her husband's family have been diagnosed with the disease in their 20s. It means the girl will not develop this genetic form of breast cancer or ovarian cancer.


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