Archive for the ‘Ethical Issues’ Category

What are the safety and ethical implications of mitochondrial transfer?

March 1, 2014Carole No Comments »

In my last post, I wrote about the basics of mitochondrial transfer, how it works, what is new and what is almost two decades old. In a nutshell, it is a method used within the context of IVF to swap out mutated mitochondrial DNA with healthy DNA from a donor either just before or after […]

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Hope: the Double Edged Sword

January 26, 2014Carole 1 Comment »

I just finished reading this article in Elle, “$47,000 Dollars Later, I have no baby: The IVF Scam”.  The author Ali Margo, at 43, has finally given up hope that she will ever have her own genetic child and feels, well, robbed. I also read this rebuttal from someone who works for one of the […]

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Abandoned embryos: the clinic’s right to dispose

December 27, 2013Carole 1 Comment »

One of the unintended consequences of successful IVF treatment is an “excess” of embryos left in cryostorage after the patient’s family size is complete. Most patients in this situation choose one of these options: store indefinitely (and pay storage indefinitely), donate the embryos to a research program, donate the embryos to the clinic for technical […]

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Are you addicted to IVF?

June 5, 2013Carole 1 Comment »

Is it possible to get addicted to infertility treatments? In her book, Passage Through Infertility Treatment: A Stage Theory“, Janet L. Blenner describes eight emotional stages that couples may work through on their way through infertility treatments, particularly those that do not resolve with pregnancy:“ experiencing a dawning of awareness, facing a new reality, having […]

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Scientific Advance: Human cloning for therapeutic use

May 16, 2013Carole No Comments »

The big news item yesterday was the announcement that Shoukhrat Mitalipov, a reproductive biology specialist at the Oregon Health and Science University and his colleagues produced embryonic stem cells from a human clone they produced. Their study, Human Embryonic Stem Cells Derived by Somatic Cell Nuclear Transfer, was published in Cell. How they made a […]

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Debate: Prohibit genetically engineered babies? Yes or No.

March 29, 2013Carole 2 Comments »

If you like to think (and perhaps debate) about ethical issues in assisted reproduction, you’ll  want to listen to this video debate. It’s put on by a foundation called Intelligence Quotient Squared (IQ2) in front of a live audience which votes before and after the debate on the question at hand. The question is “Should […]

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Is your fertility doctor a predatory lender?

December 13, 2012Carole 1 Comment »

Although the trend has been toward more insurance companies offering coverage for infertility, most patients still have little or no insurance coverage for infertility treatments which can be very expensive, especially if high tech in vitro fertilization lab work is involved. To pay for these treatments, patients sometimes take out personal loans through a bank […]

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Update on post: Embryo Donation Registry: An idea whose time has come?

December 1, 2012Carole 4 Comments »

Anyone with a compassionate heart understands why couples want to have children and start families. Sometimes these couples need help from ART to conceive. Some of these couples may even need donated  gametes (eggs and/or sperm)  or embryos from non-related donors to establish a family.  The immediate focus for both ART providers and patients is […]

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Embryos for Donation: Where are the ethical boundaries?

November 25, 2012Carole 2 Comments »

Recently Dr. Craig Sweet of Sweet Fertility published a thought-provoking blog post entitled “Why Creating McEmbryos is Plain Wrong” which describes his misgivings with the alleged practices of another infertility clinic, California Conceptions, as reported in a recent LA Times article, “An Ethics debate over embryos on the cheap”. In the article, LA Times reporter […]

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How healthy are your team’s business ethics?

October 7, 2012Carole No Comments »

I wrote this article for Journal of Clinical Embryology because I was concerned about the dangers of unregulated free enterprise driving the business of  IVF,  especially in  small stand-alone practices which operate under strong economic pressures without any independent ethical oversight. (Originally published in the Journal of Clinical Embryology, Vol. 15, no 3. Fall Issue 2012, […]

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