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Picture Emerging on Genetic Risks of IVF

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Tuesday, February 17, 2009 | 0 comments

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Picture Emerging on Genetic Risks of IVFIn November, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published a paper reporting that babies conceived with IVF, or with a technique in which sperm are injected directly into eggs, have a slightly increased risk of several birth defects, including a hole between the two chambers of the heart, a cleft lip or palate, an improperly developed esophagus and a malformed rectum.


The study involved 9,584 babies with birth defects and 4,792 babies without. Among the mothers of babies without birth defects, 1.1 percent had used IVF or related methods, compared with 2.4 percent of mothers of babies with birth defects.

The findings are considered preliminary, and researchers say they believe IVF does not carry excessive risks. There is a 3 percent chance that any given baby will have a birth defect.

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http://www.starnewsonline.com/article/20090217/ZNYT04/902173011/0/NEWS4520?Title=Picture_Emerging_on_Genetic_Risks_of_IVF


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