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Nathan, whose research in fetoscopy has resulted in prenatal diagnosis of sickle cell disease and Cooley's anemia, has urged that no research procedure be permitted which might damage the fetus, since such research could seriously affect a pregnant woman's decision about whether to proceed with the abortion.
Ezra Davidson, who performed the unethical fetoscopy experiment of 1979, to advise it on ethical issues.
a world leader in diagnostic and operative minimally invasive endoscopic technology, announces that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a Humanitarian Device Exemption (HDE) for the company's Fetoscopy Instrument Sets used for selective laser photocoagulation (S-LPC) to treat fetuses with twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome (TTTS), a rare disorder of the placenta that affects identical twin pregnancies.
Using the Fetoscopy Instrument Set, physicians may be able to prolong the pregnancy to improve the odds of survival and reduce the likelihood of complications for one or both twins.
Clowes also mentioned that two past presidents of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology stated that ultrasonography, fetoscopy, fetal EKG and fetal EEG, have found that there is "remarkable" fetal responsiveness to pain, touch and sound.
Quintero, who specializes in high risk pregnancies at Hutzel Hospital, developed a mini-surgical technique called operative fetoscopy.