American Journal of Bioethics.

Expanding Access to Testicular Tissue Cryopreservation: An Analysis by Analogy

Researchers are developing a fertility preservation technique—testicular tissue cryopreservation (TTCP)—for prepubescent boys who may become infertile as a result of their cancer treatment. Although this technique is still in development, some researchers are calling for its widespread use. They argue that if boys do not bank their tissue now, they will be unable to benefit from any therapies that might be developed in the future. There are, however, risks involved with increasing access to an investigational procedure. This article examines four methods of expanding access to TTCP: (1) expansion of institutional review board (IRB)-approved research trials; (2) offering TTCP as an innovative procedure in hospitals; (3) offering TTCP as a standard practice in hospitals; and (4) commercialization of TTCP. The ethical and practical implications of each are evaluated through a comparison with umbilical cord blood banking (UCBB), a technology that has achieved widespread use based on similar claims of future benefit.

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Volume 13, Issue 3
March 2013

Target Articles.

Withdrawal of Nonfutile Life Support After Attempted Suicide Samuel M. Brown, C. Gregory Elliott & Robert Paine
Expanding Access to Testicular Tissue Cryopreservation: An Analysis by Analogy Tuua Ruutiainen, Steve Miller, Arthur Caplan & Jill P. Ginsberg

Editorial.