Reproductive Medicine Institute: What happened in California is a nightmare

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FILE – In this Aug. 14, 2013 file photo, an in vitro fertilization embryologist works on a petri dish at a fertility clinic in London. Tens of thousands of people undergo in vitro fertilization every year, but many don’t know how costly the process is until they’re facing the decision head-on. One IVF cycle costs more than $20,000, on average, and most patients go through multiple rounds before conceiving or moving on to other options. (AP Photo/Sang Tan, File)

Two California couples were given each other’s embryos in error at an in vitro fertilization clinic. Dr. Shweta Nayak performs such procedures in Chicago’s Reproductive Medicine Institute, and she explains the safeguards her clinic takes to prevent a switch, as well as the emotional toll of one.

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