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IVF - Dr. Edwards, the British physiologist whose work led to the first "test-tube baby," won the 2010 Nobel prize for medicine or physiology, the prize-awarding institute said on Monday. It is an honor to see him being noticed by the committee for his contributions to so many families. As a board member of the American Fertility Association, which awarded him at our 2002 Kokopelli Ball with the first Robert Edwards Scientific Award, I am pleased to see that others are also beginning to notice.
Surrogacy, Egg Donation & Sperm Donation -
I just got wind of some legislation being pushed through in Puerto Rico that will criminalize anonymous gamete donation, in addition to compensated gamete donation/surrogacy, and posthumous reproduction. I have included a link to a site that can be translated, but it appears that the penalties are severe (felony level).
Hearings are set for tomorrow. Thanks to Dr. Debra Reuben for her hard work and dedication for trying to keep this law off the books. Updates expected soon.
Interesting piece on "Savior Siblings." Would love your thoughts! Happy Thursday.
The method used at the U to save Molly Nash's life is mainstream now, but the larger ethical issues are as urgent as ever.
Ten years ago a little girl from Colorado made medical history when her parents and her doctor at the University of Minnesota used genetic screening to create a baby that could save her life.
IVF Physician - Well, as this case continues, I am not surprised that this doctor is trying to involve others in the fertility community. Is it warranted? I guess time will tell.
Following from Radaronline.com:
The doctor who implanted Octo-Mom with the embryos that resulted in the birth of her brood is seeking medical records from rival clinics who he claims also treated Nadya Suleman, RadarOnline.com has learned.
“To create the ovary, the researchers formed honeycombs of theca cells, one of two key types in the ovary, donated by reproductive-age (25-46) patients at the hospital. After the theca cells grew into the honeycomb shape, spherical clumps of donated granulosa cells were inserted into the holes of the honeycomb together with human egg cells, known as oocytes. In a couple days the theca cells enveloped the granulosa and eggs, mimicking a real ovary.”
Women who go through an early menopause could soon be given the chance to have children again thanks to a pioneering stem cell treatment. Scientists have come up with a way of restoring the ovaries' ability to produce eggs using cells specially developed in the lab.
The new technique offers hope for the thousands of women who go through menopause before the reach the age of 40, meaning they are unable to have children.
Embryo Donation - On my radio show today with Dr. Craig Sweet, I will be interviewing an embryo donor, who goes by the name "Tori." She will be providing a unique perspective on someone who decided, along with her husband, to donate her remaining embryos to an infertile couple. While I counsel clients on the range of options, such as continued cryopreservation, destruction via thawing, donating to research or donating to others, "Tori" decided that she wanted to "pay it forward" to other infertile couples.