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.