Conceptual Options IVF News: Divorced Couple Must Destroy Embryos
A San Francisco judge ruled last month that effectively ordered a divorced couple to thaw and discard any remaining embryos currently frozen in their IVF clinic’s office.
San Francisco judge ruled Wednesday that frozen embryos a woman wants to use over her ex-husband’s objections must be “thawed and discarded.”
Superior Court Judge Anne-Christine Massullo, in an 83-page decision, upheld a consent form the couple signed shortly after their marriage in 2010. The couple agreed on the form provided by the fertility clinic that the embryos should be destroyed if they divorced.
“It is a disturbing consequence of modern biological technology that the fate of nascent human life, which the embryos in this case represent, must be determined in a court by reference to cold legal principles,” Massullo wrote.
In addition, despite the woman’s objections the judge determined the following:
In about a dozen other embryo disputes around the country, not one high court has decided to award an embryo to someone over the ex-partner’s objection. No appellate court in California has decided the issues posed in the Lee-Findley case, but Massullo (judge) said her ruling was consistent with how other courts in the nation have viewed such cases.
Binding agreements minimize the need for court resolution of what many believe is one of the most personal decisions an individual makes: when and under what circumstances to bring a child into the world.
A spokeswoman for Lee said she was disappointed and considering her options. She had indicated previously that she would appeal if she lost.
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Conceptual Options IVF & Surrogacy News: Experts Warn of “Designer Babies”
Experts are asking for a public debate on Gene Editing, which many believe creates many ethical issues – including critics warning of “designer babies.”
According to Reuters,
Medical researchers called on Wednesday for detailed, thoughtful debate on future use of new genetic technology that has the potential to create “designer babies”.
The technology, called CRISPR-Cas9, allows scientists to edit virtually any gene they target, including in human embryos, enabling them to find and change or replace genetic defects.
Describing CRISPR as “game-changing”, the Wellcome Trust global medical charity and four other leading British research organisations urged the scientific community to proceed considerately, allowing time and space for ethical debate.
“This raises important ethical and regulatory questions which need to be anticipated and explored in a timely and inclusive manner,” they said in a joint statement.
Wellcome’s senior policy adviser Katherine Littler added: “It’s essential we start these discussions early … involving scientists, ethicists, doctors, regulators, patients and their families and the wider public.”
No matter how this all plays out, a discussion is an important part of any new technology. Read more here about Gene Editing & the Potential for Designer Babies.
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Conceptual Options IVF & Surrogacy News: The Ethics of Sofia Vergara’s Embryo Dispute
Interesting video on Fox News regarding Sofia Vergara. Click on link below to view.
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Conceptual Options Surrogacy Agency News: Three Parent Embryos & IVF
The UK Government is re-considering the implementation of legislation that will effectively legalize “Three-Parent Embryos,” which otherwise known as mitochondrial donation. In this process the woman’s egg is effectively merged with that of an egg donor prior to insemination by the man’s sperm.
It is important to note that the legislature specifically wants to permit this process for use only by women who have proven mitochondrial defects, so that any mutation isn’t passed to their children.
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Conceptual Options IVF News: Three-Parent Embryos: Advancement in IVF Technology
A new method has been developed to prevent genetic disorders from being passed on by adding a third DNA source. It might sound like mad science, but the FDA is considering the prospect of allowing trials of this technique to be done in the United States. So how does this work? Well, there is a part of a woman’s DNA (called Mitochondrial DNA) that can carry certain genetic disorders. These disorders are carried exclusively by the Mitochondrial DNA, and can only be inherited by the mother. If a mother is a carrier for one of these disorders, this technology allows scientists to use the nucleus (center) of the mother’s egg, which does not have Mitochondrial DNA, and put it in the egg of a donor. This will lead to the egg having the Mitochondrial DNA of a donor, and the nuclear DNA of the mother. Combine that with the sperm of the father, and you have a three-parent embryo. Although this technology has been developed to prevent the transmission of certain genetic disorders, it also opens up a whole new world of possibilities. Only time will tell what will develop from this ground breaking new science.
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