Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Fertility Industry Under New Scrutiny

NY Times: Questions Grow for Fertility Clinics, by Stephanie Saul:

Triplets Pictures of children, his trophies, decorate Dr. Tien Chiu’s office.

Three smiling newborns, he says, were the first Japanese-American triplets conceived in a laboratory, while the robust-looking quadruplets were born after sperm was injected into their mother’s eggs with a needle.

To the couples who turned to Dr. Chiu to have families, the babies were special gifts. To the government and fertility industry, though, such large multiple births have begun to look like breakdowns in the system. The issue has taken on renewed scrutiny since a California woman, Nadya Suleman, who already had six children conceived through in vitro procedures, gave birth to octuplets near here last month.

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