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Israeli infertility experts investigated for “selling” ova

BMJ 2000; 320 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.320.7247.1425 (Published 27 May 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:1425
  1. Judy Siegel-Itzkovich
  1. Jerusalem

    Two of Israel's most senior infertility specialists have been put under police investigation for allegedly overstimulating the ovaries of patients in order to produce large numbers of ova, which they then “sold” for treating infertile women in Israel and abroad.

    The investigation, which began several months ago, has sent shock waves through the obstetrics specialty and has led to the formation of a health ministry committee of experts to recommend ways to alleviate the shortage of donated ova.

    According to Israeli law, no woman may donate spare ova unless she herself is receiving infertility treatment. Aimed at “preventing” sales …

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