Japan Medical Association OKs Uterus Transplants

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Tokyo, July 14 (Jiji Press)--A committee of the Japanese Association of Medical Sciences published on Wednesday a report approving uterus transplants in clinical research.

The move is seen as a major step toward enabling the procedure, in which women without a uterus receive the organ from donors for the purpose of conceiving and giving birth. Research on the procedure has been conducted at Keio University and other institutions in Japan.

The report gave a green light to uterus transplants for women with Rokitansky syndrome, who were born without a uterus. The syndrome is believed to affect one in 4,500 people in Japan, some of whom have voiced strong hopes of being able to give birth.

Meanwhile, some have suggested that uterus transplants pose an ethical issue, as it is a procedure for an organ that is not necessary for sustaining life.

While expressing concerns primarily over the physical burdens for donors and recipients, the report approved uterus transplants since some sufferers hope to receive a transplant to become pregnant.

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