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Academies demand better reproductive medicine laws

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Germany’s science academies have called on the government to relax laws on reproductive medicine in order to improve healthcare and research.

The Leopoldina national academy, together with the Union of the German Academies of Sciences and Humanities, recommended a reform of the Embryo Protection Act on 4 June. The act, created in 1990, covers reproductive medicine, including IVF and research on egg cells.

In its evaluation, the Leopoldina said that the present iteration of the act did not take into account progress in medical science made in recent decades. It forces medical practitioners to provide treatments that are no longer up to date and leads to unnecessary risks for mothers and children, the evaluation found.

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