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A federal advisory panel endorsed the controversial new scientific field of human embryo research Tuesday, saying it holds significant promise for medical advances, but proposed a strict framework for its conduct. The research has generated growing ethical concerns because it deals with creating and manipulating human life.
September 14, 1990 | From Associated Press
The Tennessee Court of Appeals on Thursday granted joint custody of seven frozen embryos to a divorced couple, overturning a landmark ruling that had granted custody to the ex-wife. Charles Clifford, attorney for the ex-husband, fell to his knees at the courthouse on seeing the opinion and said: "All right, thank you. Justice is done."
December 22, 1996
Julie L. Garber, 28, who preserved her embryos to produce future children after she learned she was dying of leukemia. Brought up in the Peralta Hills area of Orange County, Garber was educated at San Diego State University and went into real estate with her mother, Jean, in Garber Prop. Inc. She became the subject of various feature articles because of her valiant struggle with the rare blood cancer known as acute lymphoblastic leukemia. After she was blinded by radiation and chemotherapy treatments and was no longer able to walk, Garber studied at the Braille Institute and had regular workouts at a gym. Also active in Toastmasters, Garber gave inspirational speeches about overcoming handicaps.
August 21, 1996
A bill requiring the written approval of donors before embryos and other human reproductive materials can be harvested and transferred to other patients sailed through the state Senate on Tuesday.
June 25, 1999 | From Associated Press
The British government rejected expert advice Thursday and banned the cloning of human embryos for any kind of medical research, saying more time is needed to consider the implications. The decision, announced in Parliament after months of deliberations, came as a surprise. The move means that embryos may no longer be cloned for infertility and congenital disease research.
Baltimore nurse Janice Pearse recalls her long quest to become pregnant using in-vitro fertilization through a lens of pain, embarrassment, disappointment--and awe. The first time her eggs were mixed with her husband's sperm in a petri dish and the doctor told her that embryos had been formed was an exhilarating moment because "it's the closest to having a baby you've ever been."
October 30, 2002 | Aaron Zitner, Times Staff Writer
The Bush administration has directed an advisory panel to study what protections are offered to embryos and fetuses in medical experiments, renewing criticism that federal officials may be using "backdoor" methods to provide a legal groundwork for curtailing abortion rights and embryonic stem-cell research.
May 30, 1989 | LANIE JONES, Times Staff Writer
Over the years, the young woman said softly, she had given her sister many presents--clothing, jewelry. But never before "a gift of life." Her older sister is infertile. But now, after an in vitro fertilization procedure that used the younger sister's ovarian eggs, the older woman is in her third month of pregnancy. And both sisters are ecstatic. Not only is this pregnancy a personal triumph for the Mission Viejo women, but according to several fertility experts around the country, it may have made medical history.
July 12, 1997 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
For the first time in the United States, doctors transplanted nerve tissue from a human embryo into a paralyzed man in an attempt to slow the progression of spinal cord damage. The operation was performed at a Gainesville hospital on a 43-year-old Florida man suffering from a degenerative condition called syringomyelia. The disorder is characterized by expansion of a fluid-containing cavity within the damaged spinal cord.
August 14, 1992 | Associated Press
A woman treated with fertility drugs is pregnant with a record number of 12 embryos, but chances are great that she will not be able to bring any to term, an Israeli doctor says. Dr. Jehoshua Dor of Tel Hashomer Hospital outside Tel Aviv said in an interview Wednesday that some of the embryos will have to be removed from the womb if the pregnancy is to succeed--but that the process risks damaging others.
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