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Keeping embryos for 'insurance'

October 13, 2008

Your Oct. 6 article "The Embryo Dilemma" overlooks another compelling choice with extra embryos: Continue to pay for the storage, knowing that during our children's life span, stem cell technology will improve to the point that these little cell clusters can save or extend life.

Having had three matrilineal generations die from different, devastating organic brain diseases, I have kept our excess embryos in storage hoping that they will be the ace up my sleeve if I become another brain disease victim.

Fingers crossed that I don't need stem cell treatment, but the annual expense is a valuable insurance policy for me.

Carol Espinosa

Menlo Park

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