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Fertilisation authority raids controversial fertility clinics

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: (Published 18 January 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:115
  1. Lynn Eaton
  1. 1London

    The United Kingdom's Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority raided two private fertility clinics in London this week. The raids took place hours before the BBC Panorama television documentary broadcast allegations that the clinics were offering unproved fertility treatments and that one was carrying out treatments without a valid licence.

    Investigators from the authority took police officers with them to the Assisted Reproduction and Gynaecology Centre in Upper Wimpole Street, London, and the nearby Reproductive Genetics Institute in Weymouth Street.

    Both clinics are run by Mr Mohamed Taranissi, a consultant gynaecologist, whose wealth, the BBC says, may amount to as much as £38m (€58m; $75m). He has helped women give birth to 2300 babies in seven years and is considered to have one of the most successful clinics in the UK.

    Mr …

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