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Fertility body defers decision.

The Government's fertility watchdog last night called for more information on patient protection before deciding whether to allow women who are not undergoing treatment to donate eggs purely for medical research. The ruling body of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority asked for more details on how to protect donors from exploitation and the financial relationships between research centres and clinics recruiting donors. Until now, only women undergoing IVF or gynaecological treatment have been permitted to donate their eggs for stem cell research due to the health risks involved in the procedure. But the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority is recommending that scientists recruit donors who are not having medical treatment. At a meeting of the HFEA yesterday, its authority members said further medical trials were required to build on existing good practice. They called for a comparison with the rules protecting vulnerable groups and a more detailed examination of financial relationships between those recruiting donors and research scientists.
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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Feb 16, 2006
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