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Correction: Fertility watchdog investigates serious IVF mix-ups at London hospital

12 May 2009

By BioNews

Appeared in BioNews 507
Last week BioNews reported that, speaking to The Sunday Times, an HFEA (Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority) spokesperson said that mistakes due to human error only occur in 0.5 per cent of cases. BioNews has since been informed by the HFEA that this figure was misquoted in the newspaper, and that the true figure for IVF mistakes is 0.04 per cent.

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