Once infertile, woman gives birth after surgery

NEW YORK - Scientists say they've overcome infertility in a 30-year-old Japanese woman by removing her ovaries and putting back some of the tissue after treating it in a lab.

Researchers hope that the experimental technique can help some young women with infertility, as well as women in their early 40s who have trouble conceiving because of their age.

The woman gave birth to a son in Tokyo last December. She had an uncommon form of infertility called primary ovarian insufficiency. It leaves women with only a 5 percent to 10 percent chance of having a baby unless they get treated. The standard treatment is using donated eggs.

The treatment was described Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science by researchers in Japan and at Stanford University.

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