Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

IVF Couples Back Research into Disease

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

IVF Couples Back Research into Disease

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Most childless couples undergoing IVF treatment on Tyneside would be willing to donate extra embryos for controversial research.

A survey of couples at the Newcastle Fertility Centre in the Centre for Life found that 57% asked to consider donating surplus embryos for stem cell research would give their consent.

Research on embryos has sparked outrage from pro-life campaigners and Christian groups who say they are human lives and should not be manipulated. But fertility experts say so long as IVF patients were given full information about the needs, uses and benefits of embryonic stem cells in medical research, they were more likely to look on it favourably.

Scientists hope that research could lead to treatments for degenerative diseases such as Parkinson's and Alzheimer's. A poll last year revealed seven out of 10 people thought the use of human embryos was acceptable in research to find treatments for serious diseases and in fertility research.

The results of the latest study among more than 200 couples was being presented at the joint meeting of the Association of Clinical Embryologists and British Fertility Society. The researchers, led by Professor Alison Murdoch, chairman of the British Fertility Society, aimed to find out what affected a couple's decision to donate their embryos. …

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