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There is no good reason why unwanted human embryos should not be used in research

By John Maddox   October 1996

It is to be hoped that the fertility wars are over for the time being. But there is a cloud hanging over us. The Birmingham woman who hopes to carry all of eight foetuses to term and who has made an arrangement with the News of the World to tell her tale in return for cash will reach a turning point sooner or later. Pregnancy does not go on forever, it is just that sometimes it seems like that.

The prospective octuplets overshadowed the story of how staff at Britain’s fertility clinics were being compelled by the law to destroy…

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