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What to do About Large Numbers of Abandoned Human Embryos?
Gleicher and Caplan now argue that a more logical and more ethical approach to this rapidly growing problem, that also would better reflect the special respect the field extends to human embryos, would be creation of a third option, under which abandoned embryos could still contribute to the betterment of mankind by making them available to carefully vetted research in qualified research institutions. Read more: http://www.digitaljournal.com/p
213. Is there a better way to manage the stockpile of frozen embryos? [Forum/Discussion]
from: Administrator (office@fertaid.com), Australia on 11/03/2018 10:50:15 AM Profession:
Comment: This letter to Nature Biotechnology by Gleicher and Chaplan argue for the establishment of a not-for-profit embryo bank to receive surplus embryos for validated research as a solution to the stockpile
Submission: The authors argue against the established guidelines restricting the use of abandoned embryos for research suggesting a way out of the in-pass of dealing with abandoned embryos is to establish a government approved, not-for-profit institution to receive such embryos and provide them from approved research. It is thought that about 9% of all embryos frozen will be abandoned leading to about 90,000 (yes 90,000) in the USA alone. Imagine the numbers worldwide. The logistics of dealing with these embryos is enormously costly (in time, wages and diversions).// Anyone who has dealt with chasing the couple who commissioned the clinic to freeze them in the first place will know just how hard it is to resolve issues. Even when the state puts a limit of the duration of storage, it is hard. Therefore the suggestion that there is a location where abandoned embryos can be relocated is an attractive option. It could also be the place where researchers can got to obtain embryos in a timely manner rather than having to wait in individual clinics.// In a funny way, clinics have created this problem by asking clients to renew their storage annually.Would it not be better for a clinic to obtain the clients wishes and instructions about their future fate BEFORE embryos are frozen. In this way, the clinic has clear directions on how to process all embryos including abandoned embryos. For instance, a client may instruct a clinic at set point to discard or move to a research body and no further contact is required. Furthermore, many clients may like to have the option of donating their surplus embryos to such a body. It saves them from having to make a decision on their fate knowing that some good may come from such anonymous use. It is the experience of many that once a couple have achieved their goals of parenthood, they display an altruistic approach to the fate of their remaining embryos. //
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