New Delhi: The Indian Medical Association hasadvised fertility clinics to ensure that they obtain thepermission of childless couples before using ova and spermobtained from third-party donors for IVF insemination. Many childless couples desirous of conceiving their ownbiological child through the In-Vitro Fertilisation (IVF)technique have recently been "cheated" by fertility clinicswhich substituted the couple`s biological genetic materialwith donor egg or sperm simply to assure success ofconception. IVF is a technique, in which fertilisation occurs invitro (in a glass dish). The sperm and egg are combined in alaboratory dish, and after fertilisation, the embryo istransplanted in the uterus.
Infertility and IVF expert with Holy Angel`s Hospitalin the capital, Dr Sonia Malik said, "I have come across acouple who suspected that their egg or sperm was not used. Iimmediately advised them to get a DNA test done on the child.The result was enough to relieve them from doubts." Malik said, "The DNA test cannot be done at theembryonic stage as the PNDT Act (Pre-Natal DiagnosticTechnique ACT) does not allow it. A DNA test will be of helpto stop practises in clinics which though make big promisesneither are well equipped nor have trained man power to handlethings properly." PTI