LONDON, Aug 27, 2001 ( – Britain’s Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) has agreed to allow a 47-year-old woman to bear the child of her brother through in vitro fertilization. The woman will be implanted with an embryo created with sperm donated from her brother and an ovum donated anonymously.

The case mirrors the one of a French woman who traveled to the United States to be artificially impregnated with her brother’s sperm. Although illegal in France, the procedure was done in the U.S. and the child was born in France, making the woman the oldest woman to give birth in France. Although the British woman declined to speak to the media about her motivations, the French woman explained, it was in order to transmit the family’s genetic inheritance.

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