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Pioneering Womb Transplant Trial Highlights Risks and Ethical Dilemmas

Science  28 Mar 2014:
Vol. 343, Issue 6178, pp. 1418-1419
DOI: 10.1126/science.343.6178.1418

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Scientists hope that womb transplants can give women whose uterus is dysfunctional or missing—usually because of a congenital condition called MRKH or cancer surgery—the option of bearing their own children. But transplanting a womb poses unique challenges, in part because of the rigors of pregnancy, and the procedure is fraught with ethical dilemmas.

  • * Richard Orange is a freelance journalist in Gothenburg, Sweden.