Recommendations for development of an emergency plan for in vitro fertilization programs A committee opinion

Sunday, May 1, 2016
All in vitro fertilization programs and clinics should have plans for the protection of fresh and cryopreserved human tissue and continuation of patient care in the event of an emergency or natural disaster.

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Disclosure of medical errors involving gametes and embryos An Ethics Committee opinion

Monday, March 7, 2016

Ethics Committee of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine


Medical providers have an ethical duty to disclose clinically significant errors involving gametes and embryos as soon as they are discovered; clinics also should have written policies in place for reducing and disclosing errors.…

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Posthumous reproduction with surplus in vitro fertilization embryos A study exploring users choices

Thursday, July 10, 2014
Although posthumous assisted reproduction (PAR) appears to be acceptable to a majority of IVF users, further research is required on how to ensure that their consent for PAR is well informed.

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Informed consent and the use of gametes and embryos for research a committee opinion

Friday, January 31, 2014
The ethical conduct of human gamete and embryo research is contingent upon conscientious application of principles of informed consent with respect to gamete and embryo donors. Relevant ethical issues are developed herein.

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Donating embryos for human embryonic stem cell hESC research a committee opinion

Monday, September 30, 2013
Human embryonic stem cell (hESC) research is an ethically acceptable disposition for human embryos in excess of those needed to meet the fertility needs of patients.

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Disposition of abandoned embryos A committee opinion

Friday, May 31, 2013
It is ethically acceptable to destroy abandoned embryos. It is not ethically acceptable to use abandoned embryos for research or transfer than to another couple without prior written consent.

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Epigenetics and vitrification of embryos: one step forward and many raised equivocal questions

Thursday, June 28, 2012
The author reflects on the findings of Zhao et al. in their article "Effect of 5-aza-2′-deoxycytidine on methylation of the putative imprinted control region of H19 during the in vitro development of vitrified bovine two-cell embryos" and discusses the need for additional research and experience in epigenetics before the new technology can be applied to human IVF and ART.

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Effect of oocyte quality on blastocyst development after in vitro fertilization (IVF) and intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) in a sheep model

Friday, May 11, 2012
Sheep oocyte quality was assessed by brilliant cresyl blue (BCB) staining. Stained oocytes (BCB+) showed more adenosine triphosphate and more blastocysts after IVF than BCB. Differences in blastocyst percentages were not observed after ICSI.

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