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Monitoring of assisted reproduction techniques is inadequate, US experts say

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: (Published 19 June 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:1352
  1. Charles Marwick
  1. Washington, DC

    US doctors expressed concern last week that no system existed for monitoring children born through the use of assisted reproduction technologies, such as in vitro fertilisation, artificial insemination, interfallopian transfer, and intracytoplasmic sperm injection. They were also concerned about the lack of a system for ensuring that the embryonic and fetal genetic tests during such pregnancies were being done accurately.

    “We do not have an effective system for monitoring the health, development, and outcomes of these children,” said Dr Kathy Hudson, director of the genetics and public policy centre at Johns Hopkins University. Dr Hudson was speaking at a meeting of the President's Council on Bioethics. …

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