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Embryology

Volume 715: debated on Thursday 10 December 2009

Questions

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To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Baroness Thornton on 1 December (HL18), whether the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority would consider that a researcher had taken reasonable steps to contact the person who originally provided cells if the researcher had no access to the necessary contact information. [HL476]

The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority has advised that this would be judged on a case by case basis, as indicated in my Answer of 1 December (WA 20).

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To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Baroness Thornton on 1 December (WA 20), what representations the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority would make to a tissue bank in order to ensure that they use contact information at their disposal so that a researcher could try to contact the person who originally provided cells. [HL484]

The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority has advised that it would be for the researcher to obtain information from the tissue bank in order to try to contact the person who originally provided the cells.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Baroness Thornton on 1 December (WA 21), which professional bodies have issued advice recommending that the production of 44 eggs following superovulation is appropriate when associated with the pursuit of material for research. [HL485]

The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority has advised that it is not aware that any guidelines have been published specifically recommending the collection of 44 eggs. The content of any professional guidance is a matter for the professional bodies themselves.