New York has become the first and only state to opt to pay women for eggs donated for human embryonic stem cell research. The linkurl:Empire State Stem Cell Board;http://stemcell.ny.gov/ (ESSCB), which oversees New York's $600 million stem cell research program that was launched last year, came to the decision last week (June 11) following "extensive deliberation" from its ethics committee.
"The Board agreed that it is ethical and appropriate for women donating oocytes for research purposes to be compensated in the same manner as women who donate oocytes for reproductive purposes and for such payments to be reimbursable as an allowable expense" under state taxpayer-backed grants, the ESSCB wrote in a linkurl:statement.;http://stemcell.ny.gov/docs/ESSCB_Statement_on_Compensation_of_Oocyte_Donors.pdf The board noted that researchers in other states that ban financial reimbursement have mostly failed to recruit women to donate eggs for free. For example, Harvard University's linkurl:Kevin Eggan;http://www.mcb.harvard.edu/Eggan/index.asp spent two years and $100,000...
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