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Title: Discarded human spermatozoa, eggs and embryos for personnel training and practice in assisted reproduction
Authors: Heng, B.C. 
Keywords: Biological material
Consent
Disposal
ICSI
IVF
PGD
Issue Date: 2007
Source: Heng, B.C. (2007). Discarded human spermatozoa, eggs and embryos for personnel training and practice in assisted reproduction. Reproductive BioMedicine Online 15 (SUPPL. 2) : 5-6. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: An ethical issue that has been largely overlooked is the use of discarded human gametes and embryos for personnel training in clinical assisted reproduction technology, e.g. intracytoplasmic sperm injection and preimplantation genetic diagnosis. Unlike experimental research for generating peer-reviewed journal publications and intellectual property, there is no similar paper trail or smoking gun if human gametes and embryos are utilized solely for personnel training without the patient's knowledge and consent. For many assisted reproduction laboratories in private practice that are not affiliated with research or academic institutions, there are often difficulties in procuring animal material for personnel training. In contrast, discarded human gametes and embryos are readily available and can be convenient for training inexperienced personnel in assisted reproduction techniques. Very often, only verbal consent is obtained from patients, without written documentation, and this situation can potentially lead to abuse. For example, fertility clinics and laboratories may conduct training courses and workshops for generating additional income and revenue; and there is a possibility of discarded human material being utilized for such profit-making ventures without patients' prior knowledge. Hence, it is the moral duty and obligation of international professional bodies to advocate and draft clearly defined regulatory guidelines and legislative framework for this purpose. © 2007 Published by Reproductive Healthcare Ltd.
Source Title: Reproductive BioMedicine Online
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/46645
ISSN: 14726483
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