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Professor Ikemoto Comments for Los Angeles Times on Human Egg Cells and Medical Research

News Posted on August 4, 2016

Professor Lisa Ikemoto commented for the Los Angeles Times on a California bill that would repeal a 2006 ban on the sale of human egg cells for research.

Proponents of the bill have argued that women who provide their egg cells for research would be adequately protected by laws regulating human subject research , but Professor Ikemoto said that was unlikely.  "In a typical research trial, a drug or procedure requires close monitoring of the participant," she said.  "Here, women undergo a procedure and the focus immediately shifts to their eggs.  There's no guarantee of a follow-up for them."

Lisa Ikemoto, Martin Luther King, Jr. Professor of Law the UC Davis School of Law, has written extensively on genetic and reproductive technology, the regulation of fertility and pregnancy, and race and gender disparities in health care. Her current work examines emerging issues in regenerative medicine, including stem cell research, and the human tissues market.