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Donor eggs for research?

9th September 2006

08092006_egg1.jpgThe Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) has launched a public consultation into the Controversial donation of eggs for scientific research.

At present women cannot donate them for research unless they are already undergoing fertility (IVF) treatment or sterilisation, although they can donate eggs for use in fertility treatment. The HFEA will look at whether women donors could be vulnerable and which potential safeguards could help.

Angela McNab, the HFEA's chief executive, said that "more detailed and specific debate is now needed to help [us] to make a decision on donating eggs for research".

Dr Tony Calland, chairman of the British Medical Association (BMA) ethics committee, said that the issue is a complex one, but that "as long as women are properly informed about the procedure and are not pressured to agree, they should be able to consent to egg donation for research."

Clare Brown, chief executive of Infertility Network UK, said: "Without research, treatments for infertility will never improve, but she cautioned that "all aspects of any research, especially when it involves donated eggs, should be carefully thought through and discussed."

Researchers will use the eggs to create cloned early-stage embryos, with the ultimate hope of extracting stem cells that could treat diseases. Dr Stephen Minger, director of the Stem Cell Biology Laboratory, Kings College London, said it was premature to encourage women to donate eggs for therapeutic cloning, as "We have no idea of the efficiency of this technique."

Following the consultation, which closes in December, the HFEA will make a decision by February next year.

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Tuesday 19th September 2006 @ 14:21

At this time we are unable to successfully clone an ape ... and we may never be able to because meiotic spindle configurations are different than in the animals that have been cloned.

To attempt cloning at this time is simply wasting eggs. HEFA has publically stated that egg sharing is the only ethical form of egg donation, but today women are being paid money that is little to most ... but a years wages in the countries in which it is offered.

Abt. 10% of egg donors suffer OHSS - which can result in stroke, renal failure, future infertility and death. There is growing evidence that their offspring are more likely to suffer deformaties, cancer, and death.

There is no instance where cells from a clone 'cured' it's host; they were rejected.

Therapeutic cloning is for drug and not reparative therapies.

Women shouldn't have to die so the pharmaceuticals can make more money.

For more information, visit: http://www.HandsOffOurOvaries.com or http://www.EndEggsploitation.org


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