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Switzerland

SWITZERLAND IS SMALL demographically, with a population of only 7.2 million, but it is comparable to Sweden, Israel, and Denmark as a progressive high—tech country. Its resources include 30 reproductive medicine centers, about 1,000 surplus embryos in storage before the 2001 law on reproductive medicine (allowed for use until 2005 under a law on stem cell research enacted in 2003). In 2003 the Swiss president reported that 80 surplus embryos were available in 2002, and in 2004 the interior minister said that the Swiss had produced about 200 embryos for research in a year. Other reports indicated 1,000 to 2,000. The government reported it had lost track. France, in comparison, had 95 medical institutions and fertility clinics and 120,000 frozen embryos collected over two decades. ...

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