A California Company Offers An Alternate Use For Frozen Embryos - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

11/11/07

A California Company Offers An Alternate Use For Frozen Embryos

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Before now, a couple's frozen embryos that were not used to start a family, were donated to other couples, used for research, or destroyed. But now, a California company says it can offer a way to preserve those fertile embryos. Which could eventually become "personalized" stem cells.      

The hope is that the embryos that remain frozen will turn into stem cells to provide a source of hope to couples in the event of a medical breakthrough, should they need it.

If the right to life issue is not controversial enough, there is added criticism that the expense is not worth the effort. "It's hard to see the case made for why people should spend a lot of money to do this at a time where they'd be better off donating their embryos for research."says, David Magnus from Stanford University.     

"Well we just offer additional options to patients. We believe it's up to patients to make a decision on what to do with their embryos."says, Dr. Krtolica, a scientist at the Berkeley National Laboratory is the creator of this controversial company called Stem Lifelines, Inc.

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