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Birth Defects More Common in IVF Babies, Study Says

Reuters,  April 19, 2012

Babies conceived through certain fertility treatment techniques are about one-third more likely to have a birth defect than babies conceived without any extra help from technology, according to a new review of several dozen studies. The researchers did not determine why fertility treatments are tied to a higher risk of birth defects, or whether the technology is even responsible. For more than 124,000 children born through IVF, the risk of having a birth defect was 37 percent higher than that of the other children.

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