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IVF Price To Be Reduced If Women Opt For Egg Sharing Scheme

Women are to be offered reduced price in fertility treatment if they donate eggs for controversial cloning research.//

The fertility watchdogs have given permission for a scheme for ‘egg sharing' so as to advance work on human cloning. They have announced that the women who agree for this scheme and pass on their spare eggs to the cloning researchers could potentially reduce the cost of IVF treatment by almost half.

The researcher team from Britain are hoping to use the harvested eggs to create embryos from which they could obtain stem cells that they hope could one day be used to treat incurable diseases such as Alzheimer's. The scientists have also mentioned their hope that this scheme would also help in overcoming the current shortage in eggs as well as being useful for necessary development in stem cell cultures. This announcement b\y the officials has already provoked quite a number of protests about the ethics of such a scheme. The campaigners have warned that it was the same as ‘buying eggs’ and are of the fear that many women would desperately be compelled into taking part in this scheme just for financial reasons.

It was reported that last year a team of scientists from the North East England Stem Cell Institute in Newcastle had announced to create an early stage cloned human embryo, and it is now recognized as a world first. It was explained that though the embryo had survived only a few days, the scientists are now hoping that if they can repeat the earlier success, they could get stem cells from the embryos matched to an individual. They hope that ultimately these 'building block' cells could then be used to repair damaged tissue and organs.

It was explained that the team has so far been trying to get the eggs by asking women having treatment to donate two if at least 12 are produced during their IVF cycle. It was however, explained that over the last seven months, this method has generated just 66 fre
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