Study paid Mexican women to get pregnant, then have embryos flushed from their bodies

Study paid Mexican women to get pregnant, then have embryos flushed from their bodies
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[Ed. – It took some digging, as the study sponsor is not mentioned in the various popular media reports on this so far. But the published article on the study (abstract here) lists a U.S. company, Previvo Genetics, Inc., as the “sole sponsor.”  The headquarters is given here as San Carlos, CA; the (apparent) parent website for Previvo provides an address in Colorado. H/t: Breitbart]

Researchers have conducted a controversial study that involved paying dozens of young women at a hospital near Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, to get artificially inseminated so their embryos could be flushed out of their bodies and analyzed for research purposes. …

“We have now a method that can produce embryos that are of good quality or better than in vitro fertilization,” says Santiago Munne, a reproductive geneticist who led the study when he worked at CooperGenomics in Livingston, N.J. Munne now works at Overture Life, a Madrid-based company that makes infertility treatment equipment.

But others denounce the research as unethical.

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“What this essentially does is use a woman’s body as a petri dish,” says Laurie Zoloth, a bioethicist at the University of Chicago.

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