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Embryo Biopsy for Stem Cells?

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Publication Date: February 2006

Publisher(s): Genetics and Public Policy Center

Author(s): Audrey Huang

Funder(s): Pew Charitable Trusts

Funder(s): Pew Charitable Trusts

Topic: Health (Medical research and technology)

Keywords: Embryo biopsy; Preimplantation genetic diagnosis

Type: Brief

Coverage: United States


While some in Congress have introduced legislation to provide federal funding for research to explore this approach in humans, substantial animal and human research is required to determine whether embryo biopsy causes harm to the embryo or the resulting child. These results will be critical in considering whether this approach could ever be a viable alternative human ESC source.