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Frozen tissue service offers fertility hope to young people with cancer

BMJ 2016; 354 doi: (Published 18 July 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;354:i3955
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. London

Scientists at Edinburgh University have developed a service to store testicular tissue from boys as young as 1 who are at risk of infertility because of cancer treatment. In future boys as well as girls might be able to have their fertility restored subsequent to chemotherapy.

The announcement comes after the birth of the first UK baby to be born after his mother had a transplant of her own, previously frozen, ovary tissue. The 33 year old woman from Edinburgh had a section of her ovary removed 11 years ago, …

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