Thursday, September 13, 2007

Donate Eggs for Research, Get Half-Off Fertility Treatment

Cloning anyone?
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The friendly folks (pictured) at the Newcastle Fertility Centre in Newcastle upon Tyne, England would be glad to give you a 50% discount on in-vitro fertilization.

That’ll save you about $3,000 (about £1,500), but there’s a catch: You have to agree to give half of your eggs to the North-East England Stem Cell Institute. The institute will use the eggs to create embryos for stem cell research, the FT reports.

The eggs will be used for therapeutic cloning. That means the genetic material will be taken out of the egg and replaced with a complete genome taken from the cell of an adult. The cell will then be coaxed to multiply, allowing scientists to harvest embryonic stem cells, which researchers hope could someday treat a range of diseases.

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