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August 6, 2005
Re "The doctor is ... in," editorial, Aug. 2 I agree with your point that Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist's reasoning in coming to support embryonic stem cell research is illogical. As you remark, "If the embryo is human life, destroying it isn't acceptable no matter how promising the potential for cures." But where is your follow-up on that sentence? One may argue about whether embryos are people entitled to legal protections. This is a question on which federal and state laws are very divided, granting such protections in some instances (such as the murder of pregnant women)
April 10, 2013 | By Amina Khan
Scientists have discovered some of the oldest dinosaur embryos ever found - a rare collection of delicate fossils that offer an unprecedented look into the remarkably speedy early development of these enormous animals. The bed of Lufengosaurus bones and smashed eggshell, described in Thursday's edition of the journal Nature , may also provide some insight into the growth of birds and other dinosaur relatives. “There's nothing like this that has been discovered before,” said Luis Chiappe, a dinosaur paleontologist at the Natural History Museum of L.A. County, who was not involved in the study.
In a highly unusual move, President Clinton injected himself into the scientific process Friday night by announcing that his Administration would prohibit the use of federal money to create human embryos solely for research purposes. "I do not believe that federal funds should be used to support the creation of human embryos for research purposes," Clinton said, "and I have directed that NIH not allocate any resources for such research."
October 30, 2006 | By Kevin Sack, Times Staff Writer
Chad and David Craig fidgeted in the waiting room like expectant fathers, which is, after all, what they were. Just down the hall, in a sterile surgical suite, a young woman they had met only once had her legs up in stirrups. Dr. Suheil J. Muasher, a fertility specialist, gripped a long silver needle between his right thumb and forefinger and twirled it gently as he guided it through her vaginal wall and into her right ovary. "It's full of follicles," he said approvingly, glancing at an ultrasound monitor to track the needle's path.
October 19, 2010 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Los Angeles Times
The Beverly Hills fertility doctor who assisted Nadya Suleman in conceiving octuplets and six previous children repeatedly failed to screen her for mental health issues and to limit the number of embryos she had implanted, an expert witness testified Monday at a medical board hearing in Los Angeles. Dr. Michael Kamrava implanted Suleman with a dozen embryos before she conceived octuplets, an expert said at the hearing ? twice the number of embryos Suleman has said in the past. Kamrava could have his medical license revoked if it is determined that he was grossly negligent in his treatment of Suleman and two other female patients: a 48-year-old who suffered complications after she became pregnant with quadruplets and a 42 year-old diagnosed with advanced ovarian cancer after receiving fertility treatments.
October 22, 2010 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Los Angeles Times
The Beverly Hills fertility doctor who assisted Nadya Suleman in conceiving octuplets said he made a mistake by implanting her with a dozen embryos at her insistence and against his better judgment. "I'm sorry for what happened. When I look back at it, I wish I had never done it and it will never happen again," Dr. Michael Kamrava said Thursday, wiping away tears. "Do you feel that what you did was wrong?" asked his attorney, Henry Fenton. "At the time that I did it, I thought I did the right thing," said Kamrava, who testified before Administrative Law Judge Daniel Juarez in Los Angeles at the Medical Board of California hearing.
April 13, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A judge's decision to give legal protection to seven frozen human embryos went far beyond his authority and should be overturned, a lawyer said in an appeal. The ruling was made last September in the divorce case of Junior Lewis Davis and Mary Sue Davis. The only issue was what to do with the eggs that resulted from in-vitro fertilization. Mrs. Davis testified she wanted the embryos in an attempt to have children. Davis said he did not want the embryos used in any fashion without his consent.
A Riverside couple are suing the three physicians at the center of the UC Irvine fertility clinic scandal, contending their fertilized embryos were stolen and possibly implanted in another woman who subsequently gave birth, according to a lawsuit filed in Orange County Superior Court on Tuesday. The filing brings the total number of civil lawsuits to more than 50 stemming from the human egg-swapping scandal involving Dr. H. Asch, Dr. Sergio C. Stone, and Dr. Jose P. Balmaceda.
After an eight-week stay at a fertility clinic at Saddleback Memorial Medical Center in Laguna Hills, the 1,900 embryos belonging to patients at UC Irvine's now-defunct Center for Reproductive Health are now in the deep freeze at a Los Angeles tissue bank. The embryos, whose fate was in question after the closing of the center June 2, were moved Thursday morning to the California Cryobank in Westwood, one of the largest frozen tissue banks in the country. Attorney Ronald G.
May 23, 1999 | From The Washington Post
A presidentially appointed ethics panel has decided to recommend that the federal government begin funding some research on human embryos, saying the moral cost of destroying embryos in research is outweighed by the social good that could come from the work.
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