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Jury still out on IVF and stem cell research

A request by a senator has been made to reduce the amount of embryos being wasted in the name of in vitro fertilization through limits on production. Currently in the States, up to 12 eggs are fertilized at one time to generate the number of embryos required for a successful implantation. The Senator argues that the fertilization procedure should be conducted on an 'as needs' basis, so as to halt the over production of embryos. Currently, embryonic stem cell research scientists are pushing for increased federal funding to support using donated excess embryos with permission from couples who have undergone fertility therapy. Previous measures to use embryos created before 9th August, 2001 have proved difficult in searching for cures for such common diseases as Type 1 diabetes and Alzheimer's disease, due to contamination. But there is resistance to this proposal from the President. Some religious identities are encouraging other infertile couples to 'adopt' excess embryos, to save them from being destroyed.

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Date: 1 June 2005

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