Banking on Stem Cells

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A San Francisco company hs announced that they would be the first to offer IVF patients the option of growing, freezing and banking their own embryonic stem cells.

Until now, couples undergoing in vitro fertilization could not earmark stem cells derived from their embryos for their own future use; they could only donate them to the nationwide pool of embryos used for stem cell research.

Somewhere between 400,000 and 500,000 such embryos lie in frozen animation in IVF clinics across the U.S. Couples have the option of keeping these embryos frozen, discarding them, donating them to other infertile couples, or making them available for study.

Source:  Time magazine

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