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Human Embryos Just Survived 13 Days in a Petri Dish

Opens the door to study what happens in the mysterious, critical first days of life

(Newser) - It's a milestone that's at once being called groundbreaking and a Pandora's box: Scientists at Cambridge University surprised even themselves by growing embryos for 13 days outside the womb—one day short of a longstanding legal limit that's never been pushed up against because embryos failed... More »

Chrissy Teigen's Latest Twitter Fight Involves Embryos

Pregnant supermodel puts haters in their place on Twitter

(Newser) - Turns out a lot of people don't understand how IVF works, a fact Chrissy Teigen recently learned after explaining to People why she and husband John Legend chose to implant a female embryo for her first pregnancy. As Mary Elizabeth Williams points out on Salon , Twitter exploded after the... More »

US Panel: OK to Make 3-Parent Embryos —Male Ones

But there are still legal roadblocks to controversial process

(Newser) - A US National Academy of Medicine committee said Wednesday the FDA should approve clinical trials for three-parent fertilization in human embryos—with some caveats, Nature reports. In its report , the committee recommended such trials be limited to women at risk of passing along "serious mitochondrial disease" to their kids,... More »

UK Gives Controversial OK for Editing Human Genes

It could help fight inherited diseases—but critics say there's an ethical 'slippery slope'

(Newser) - Britain's fertility regulator has approved a scientist's request to edit the human genetic code in an effort to fight inherited diseases—but critics fear the new technique crosses too many ethical boundaries, reports the AP . The Human Fertilization and Embryology Authority announced Monday it has granted a research... More »

Judge Orders Woman's Embryos With Ex Must Be 'Thawed, Discarded'

Landmark ruling says woman, 46, can't force ex-husband into fatherhood

(Newser) - The frozen embryos that a 46-year-old woman says are her only chance to have children must be destroyed because of a contract she signed years ago, a San Francisco judge has decided. Mimi Lee and then-husband Stephen Findley froze five embryos after she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010.... More »

Biological Sisters Separated as Embryos Reunite

'Instant connection,' say their dads

(Newser) - After Alison and Tom Benassi got pregnant via IVF, ultimately having their now 10-year-old daughter Jamie, they gave their unused embryos up for adoption. David and Rhonda Joseph adopted one and had their now 9-year-old daughter, Piper. The two little girls have now met—and Jamie's dad tells 6ABC... More »

Court: Woman Can Use Embryos Over Ex's Objections

But he plans to appeal

(Newser) - A woman has won the right in court to have a baby using embryos created with her boyfriend, who now happens to be her ex-boyfriend and wants no part of it. The appeals court in Chicago sided with Karla Dunston, a 43-year-old doctor who is now infertile after chemo treatments,... More »

Sofia Vergara: Why I Don't Want Frozen Embryos Used

'A kid needs parents ... that don't hate each other,' she says

(Newser) - Sofia Vergara gave her side of the story to Howard Stern yesterday, saying she's not at all worried the lawsuit from ex Nick Loeb, who wants to bring their two frozen female embryos to term , will amount to anything. Loeb has offered to raise the resulting children himself, but... More »

In a Risky First, Scientists Edit Human Embryos' DNA

Experiment in China has limited success, raises host of ethical issues

(Newser) - Advances in DNA research are fairly common these days, but a new study out of China seems to qualify for bombshell status: Scientists there edited the genes of human embryos for the first time, reports Nature . This gets into controversial and "ethically charged" territory, notes the MIT Technology Review ... More »

Woman Has Baby Using Embryo Frozen 18 Years

Kelly Burke makes history with embryo adoption, birth

(Newser) - Kelly Burke, now 45, struggled with infertility before deciding to adopt an embryo in order to have a child—and not just any embryo, but one frozen 18 years ago. A couple in Oregon who went through IVF to have twins in 1994 (themselves using donated eggs) had decided to... More »

Baby Born From Embryo Frozen in 1990

Sets new record; previous was 13 years

(Newser) - Thanks to IVF, a baby conceived 20 years ago was just recently born. The baby boy sets a new record for the longest-frozen human embryo to result in a live birth, the Telegraph reports. The previous record was 13 years. The chain of events for this baby’s birth began... More »

Stem-Cell Researchers Can Pay Women for Eggs: NY

State stands alone in controversial decision

(Newser) - Counter to prevailing policies and scientific guidelines, New York has become the first state to allow publicly funded embryonic stem-cell researchers to pay women for their eggs. It lifts a huge obstacle for research, proponents say, likening it to eggs donated for in-vitro fertilization. But the $10,000 could be... More »

US Doc Boasts He Implanted 11 Human Clones

'The cloned child is coming,' says controversial physician

(Newser) - A controversial American fertility doctor is boasting that he cloned 14 human embryos and implanted 11 of them them into women, reports the Independent. None of the tranfers led to a viable pregnancy. A documentary filmmaker recorded the procedures involving four women who had hoped to become the first mothers... More »

Research on Embryonic Stem Cells to Get OK, With Caveat

(Newser) - The Obama administration will issue new guidelines significantly expanding the scope of stem cell research in July, though some caveats leave scientists dubious, the New York Times reports. The new rules will likely allow federal funds to flow to researchers using surplus embryos created in fertility clinics, a practice the... More »

Vatican Condemns Obama Stem-Cell Decision

(Newser) - The Vatican is in a tizzy over President Obama’s decision to lift the federal ban on embryonic stem-cell research, the AP reports. A top official called it a “victory of politics over ethics” and said that “probably some drug companies, or some economic interests” influenced the move.... More »

New Research Raises Hopes for Viable Human Cloning

Study finds cloned embryos share genetic traits with natural cells

(Newser) - Human cloning, for medicine or even reproduction, may be more realistic than ever, Wired reports. Researchers found genetic characteristics similar to normal human embryos in cloned human embryos. The findings are a first step toward therapeutic cloning, in which embryonic stem cells that can replace failing tissues are grown from... More »

Frozen Embryos Make Bigger Babies

Study finds no negative effects compared with fresh

(Newser) - When it comes to in vitro fertilization, frozen might be better than fresh, a new study shows. Infants born after being implanted in mothers' wombs as frozen embryos were no more likely than those from fresh stock to be born with congenital defects, the BBC reports; but they were also... More »

UK Approves Research on Human-Animal Embryos

Hybrids will be used for stem cell study

(Newser) - British legislators have voted to allow scientists to create hybrid human-animal embryos for stem cell research, the Daily Telegraph reports. The new laws will give British scientists more freedom to pursue hybrid research than those of any other country. The vote passed by a huge margin after supporters of the... More »

Human-Animal Embryos Created

Controversial cow-human creation lived for three days

(Newser) - In a brave new world breakthrough, British scientists for the first time have created animal-human hybrid embryos, the London Times reports. The nuclei of cow eggs were removed and replaced with ones from a human cell, creating "admixed" embryos—or "cybrids" whose genetic material is 99.9% human.... More »

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