Italian woman accidentally implanted with someone else's embryos

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Italian woman accidentally implanted with someone else's embryos
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Italian officials are launching an investigation after it was revealed that a woman had become pregnant with twins from another couple, reportedly due to an embryo mix-up at a fertility treatment clinic in Rome.

The woman was among four different couples who underwent the same treatment at the clinic in December. However, it's unclear if others are also pregnant with the wrong kids. On March 27, a "genetic incompatibility" was discovered between the embryos and the parents in question, reports AFP.

Health Minister Beatrice Lorenzin said her department is launching an investigation to see if the clinic had "respected all the legal procedures." She added: "The national standards on assisted fertilization, which are based on European directives, are very rigorous, and if applied correctly, guarantee the traceability of all biological material used in the reproduction process."

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The clinic has temporarily halted in vitro fertilization procedures.

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