Ovary Experiment Gives Hope on Cancer, Transplants
[01/23/2002; Reuters Health]
A successful experiment freezing the
ovaries of rats could offer new hope to cancer patients who
fear treatment could make them infertile and to those waiting
for transplants of hard-to-store organs.
Researchers from Canada's
McGill University and the University of Washington in the United
States said on Wednesday they had restored fertility to laboratory
rats after transplanting stored ovaries. A majority of the seven
rats in the test regained their fertility and one became pregnant.
is thought to be the first time previously frozen organs have
been successfully transplanted in animals or humans. Dr. Roger
Gosden, who conducted the research in Montreal, said the technique
could be used to preserve the fertility of women undergoing chemotherapy,
which can damage the ovaries and cause premature menopause.
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