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Study Finds Fertility Treatment Not Linked to Most Birth Defects

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"It's a very important question that we were not able to look at with the kind of study we conducted," Wennerholm tells WebMD. "It will require prospective studies and chromosome analysis, and there are ethical questions to consider."

Wennerholm tells WebMD that her group is continuing to study the health of children born as a result of ICSI. Approximately 600 such children from around the world who have reached the age of 5 will undergo psychological and physical tests of their mental development, brain function, vision and hearing, as well as family relationships. A preliminary report of the study is expected in the next year.

 

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