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GOP Has Itself Another 'Hot Potato' After IVF Ruling
GOP Has Itself Another
'Hot Potato' After IVF Ruling
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GOP Has Itself Another 'Hot Potato' After IVF Ruling

Backlash against personhood ruling has begun; one hospital has already halted IVF treatments

(Newser) - On Monday, Alabama's Supreme Court ruled that embryos frozen via in vitro fertilization are to be considered children, in a case where IVF patients had sued after their embryos were accidentally destroyed at a fertility clinic. Critics are now warning of the "chilling effects" this ruling could have,...

Alabama's Top Court Rules Frozen Embryos Are Children

State supreme court ruling could have big impact on IVF

(Newser) - Alabama's top court on Monday issued a ruling that could have major consequences for in vitro fertilization. In its majority decision on a wrongful death lawsuit brought by IVF patients whose frozen embryos were destroyed when a patient accidentally dropped them on the ground after removing them from a...

Researchers Create First Synthetic Human Embryo

Experts call for laws governing development of embryo models, which could offer insight into miscarriage

(Newser) - An egg plus sperm equals a human embryo—at least that's traditionally how it's been done. In a breakthrough, scientists say they've created human embryos without the need for either egg or sperm. These "synthetic embryos" or "embryo models" are made from reprogrammed embryonic stem...

Lawsuit: Oil Meant to Keep Embryos Safe Killed Them All

Complaint filed after Fujifilm Irvine Scientific recalls oil used in IVF process due to 'toxicity'

(Newser) - A mineral oil manufactured by Fujifilm Irvine Scientific is used during the delicate in vitro fertilization process, mainly to prevent evaporation during culturing so that the embryo doesn't dry up and die. A couple from Los Angeles, however, say the oil proved toxic to all of their embryos, and...

Suit: I Was Impregnated With Stranger's Embryo

Massachusetts couple sues New York Fertility Institute, where past mix-up occurred

(Newser) - A Massachusetts couple say they underwent several unsuccessful attempts at in vitro fertilization before learning they were pregnant—with someone else's baby. The couple identified as Jane and John Doe are suing the New York Fertility Institute in the US Southern District Court of New York, claiming they had...

Lab-Made 'Pre-Embryos' Could Revolutionize Research

Scientists say 'iBlastoids' could 'open up the field' of early human development

(Newser) - For the first time, scientists have used human cells to make structures that mimic the earliest stages of development, which they say will pave the way for more research without running afoul of restrictions on using real embryos. Two papers published Wednesday in the journal Nature detail how two teams...

Baby Waiting to Be Born for 28 Years Is Finally Here

Molly Gibson, born from an adopted embryo frozen in 1992, sets a world record

(Newser) - In a twist on adoption, a Tennessee infant born in October now holds a world record that was previously claimed by her big sister. Per the New York Post , Tina and Ben Gibson had tried to have a child for five years, but they'd struggled to conceive (Ben has...

Court Rules on Embryos in Divorce Case, but Skirts Big Question

Connecticut's highest court says they can be destroyed, doesn't weigh in on when life begins

(Newser) - Timothy Goodwin and Jessica Bilbao married in 2011 and quickly began the process of in vitro fertilization. They had a daughter together in 2013, and had several more frozen embryos cryogenically stored after signing an agreement stating that if they divorced, the embryos would be destroyed. Divorce they did in...

A 'Devastating' First for a US Egg-Freezing Facility

Temperature spike in liquid nitrogen storage tanks has left viability of 2K eggs, embryos uncertain

(Newser) - Hundreds of families received troubling news this week after an unprecedented "malfunction" at a Cleveland egg-freezing facility. Although the staff at University Hospitals Fertility Center hasn't yet figured out exactly how it happened, what's known is that the temperature in one section of a long-term storage tank...

Company in Australia Turning IVF Embryos Into Jewelry

'My embryos were my babies—frozen in time'

(Newser) - A company in Australia that has been making jewelry and various mementos for parents using actual raw materials from development—think breast milk, hair, the placenta and cord stump—has taken things a step further, and critics are appalled. Baby Bee Hummingbirds, started by midwife Amy McGlade in 2014, was...

Human Embryos Just Survived 13 Days in a Petri Dish

Opens the door to study what happens in the mysterious, critical first days of life

(Newser) - It's a milestone that's at once being called groundbreaking and a Pandora's box: Scientists at Cambridge University surprised even themselves by growing embryos for 13 days outside the womb—one day short of a longstanding legal limit that's never been pushed up against because embryos failed...

Chrissy Teigen's Latest Twitter Fight Involves Embryos

Pregnant supermodel puts haters in their place on Twitter

(Newser) - Turns out a lot of people don't understand how IVF works, a fact Chrissy Teigen recently learned after explaining to People why she and husband John Legend chose to implant a female embryo for her first pregnancy. As Mary Elizabeth Williams points out on Salon , Twitter exploded after the...

US Panel: OK to Make 3-Parent Embryos —Male Ones

But there are still legal roadblocks to controversial process

(Newser) - A US National Academy of Medicine committee said Wednesday the FDA should approve clinical trials for three-parent fertilization in human embryos—with some caveats, Nature reports. In its report , the committee recommended such trials be limited to women at risk of passing along "serious mitochondrial disease" to their kids,...

UK Gives Controversial OK for Editing Human Genes

It could help fight inherited diseases—but critics say there's an ethical 'slippery slope'

(Newser) - Britain's fertility regulator has approved a scientist's request to edit the human genetic code in an effort to fight inherited diseases—but critics fear the new technique crosses too many ethical boundaries, reports the AP . The Human Fertilization and Embryology Authority announced Monday it has granted a research...

Judge Orders Woman's Embryos With Ex Must Be 'Thawed, Discarded'

Landmark ruling says woman, 46, can't force ex-husband into fatherhood

(Newser) - The frozen embryos that a 46-year-old woman says are her only chance to have children must be destroyed because of a contract she signed years ago, a San Francisco judge has decided. Mimi Lee and then-husband Stephen Findley froze five embryos after she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010....

Biological Sisters Separated as Embryos Reunite

'Instant connection,' say their dads

(Newser) - After Alison and Tom Benassi got pregnant via IVF, ultimately having their now 10-year-old daughter Jamie, they gave their unused embryos up for adoption. David and Rhonda Joseph adopted one and had their now 9-year-old daughter, Piper. The two little girls have now met—and Jamie's dad tells 6ABC...

Court: Woman Can Use Embryos Over Ex's Objections

But he plans to appeal

(Newser) - A woman has won the right in court to have a baby using embryos created with her boyfriend, who now happens to be her ex-boyfriend and wants no part of it. The appeals court in Chicago sided with Karla Dunston, a 43-year-old doctor who is now infertile after chemo treatments,...

Sofia Vergara: Why I Don't Want Frozen Embryos Used

'A kid needs parents ... that don't hate each other,' she says

(Newser) - Sofia Vergara gave her side of the story to Howard Stern yesterday, saying she's not at all worried the lawsuit from ex Nick Loeb, who wants to bring their two frozen female embryos to term , will amount to anything. Loeb has offered to raise the resulting children himself, but...

In a Risky First, Scientists Edit Human Embryos' DNA

Experiment in China has limited success, raises host of ethical issues

(Newser) - Advances in DNA research are fairly common these days, but a new study out of China seems to qualify for bombshell status: Scientists there edited the genes of human embryos for the first time, reports Nature . This gets into controversial and "ethically charged" territory, notes the MIT Technology Review ...

Woman Has Baby Using Embryo Frozen 18 Years

Kelly Burke makes history with embryo adoption, birth

(Newser) - Kelly Burke, now 45, struggled with infertility before deciding to adopt an embryo in order to have a child—and not just any embryo, but one frozen 18 years ago. A couple in Oregon who went through IVF to have twins in 1994 (themselves using donated eggs) had decided to...

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