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France debates ethics of sperm injection techniques

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.311.7010.896 (Published 07 October 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:896
  1. ALEXANDER DOROZYNSKI, medical journalist
  1. Paris

    The rapid expansion in France of the technique of intracytoplasmic sperm injection for infertility, in which sperm are injected into the cytoplasm of ova, has stirred up a controversy over the safety and the ethical propriety of the technique. There are particular concerns over a newer technique involving the injection of spermatids, the round, unflagellated precursors of sperm, which are found in the testicles and semen of many infertile men.

    Some doctors and geneticists fear that intracytoplasmic sperm injection may lead to anomalies in the sex chromosomes of the fetuses and perhaps to the transmission—for the first time in …

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