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Genetic Crossroads
October 25th, 2007

Warning Issued over Egg Freezing
BBC News
October 17, 2007
Egg freezing should not be offered to women who want to put off having a family purely for lifestyle reasons, say experts.

Sex, Lies, and Embryos: The Implications of Granting Rights to Embryos
By Jessica Arons
Science Progress
October 16, 2007
When it comes to legislation regarding embryos created by ART, Louisiana has taken the lead in promoting the view that frozen embryos have individual rights….[But t]here are legitimate progressive concerns to be raised and addressed…including the health and well-being of women who undergo fertility treatments, donate eggs, or agree to be surrogate mothers; the risk of multiple pregnancies; the use of embryo screening for specific genetic or physical characteristics; and the access children of ART have to their own medical and genetic history.

IVF 'cell bank' plan criticized
BBC News
October 15, 2007
A US firm's controversial proposition to store stem cells from spare IVF embryos has angered UK scientists.

Gay couple buys 'designer' sons from US
Daily Telegraph (Australia)
October 14, 2007
A gay couple has traveled to the US to buy "designer twin boys" through a surrogate mother at a cost of as much as $133,000. Brian Sheldon and Matthew Shaffer are one of several gay couples taking advantage of California's liberal IVF laws. The couple ordered the two babies through Los Angeles-based American IVF pioneer Dr Jeffrey Steinberg. They even chose their preferred sex: male.

Enhancing the species
The Times (UK)
October 10, 2007
On the controversial philosopher John Harris, who argues that we have a moral and ethical duty to improve the human race by biologically enhancing our children.

Sometimes, it's hush-hush over donor eggs
Orange County Register
October 7, 2007
Some 100,000 children have been born of donor eggs in America since 1984. The vast majority apparently don't know it. Many fertility doctors counsel their patients to never tell children born from these arrangements that a donor egg was involved.

The God of Sperm
LA Weekly
September 26, 2007
In an industry veiled in secrecy, a powerful L.A. sperm peddler shapes the nation's rules on disease, genetics - and accidental incest. For almost four decades, the industry has operated almost completely unmolested. Outside of a mostly inept series of somewhat bizarre FDA rulings, there is no top-down governance in the field. It is, as it has always been, self-policing.

Human Ova Trade to Be Banned
Korea Times
September 27, 2007
A new South Korean law restricts the types of ova that can be used for embryo cloning - ova prepared for in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatment which become surplus following pregnancy, and immature and abnormal ova prepared for IVF. Selling or purchasing ova is banned.

Therapeutic Misconception and Stem Cell Research
Mildred K. Cho & David Magnus
Nature
September 27, 2007
The therapeutic misconception is a particular concern for stem cell researchers for two reasons. First, like gene transfer (formerly misleadingly known as "gene therapy"), stem cell research is a frontier field. The potential for therapeutic misconception is especially large because of the promises already made.... Second, some stem cell research will depend upon participation of a class of individuals who are not patients and also not research subjects - egg donors - and for whom a different type of therapeutic misconception can exist.

Report Assails F.D.A. Oversight of Clinical Trials
New York Times
September 28, 2007
The Food and Drug Administration does very little to ensure the safety of the millions of people who participate in clinical trials, a federal investigator has found.


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