Thursday, April 07, 2005

It had to happen: Cyborg eggs, sperm, and embryos to be barcoded

New Scientist Breaking News - Electronic tags for eggs, sperm and embryos:
It makes perfect sense, of course...but still...what do they really know about the long-term effects of radio waves on gametes and embryos?
"Now, in a bid to stop such mistakes happening again, the UK’s regulatory body, the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) is considering labelling all embryos, eggs and sperm with barcodes or electronic ID tags. The idea, discussed at the HFEA’s annual conference in London last month, is that an alarm will sound if the wrong eggs and sperm are brought close to one another, for instance, or if a doctor attempts to collect the wrong embryo to implant into a mother-to-be."


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