MSI PI Logan Spector (professor, Pediatrics; Masonic Cancer Center) is featured in a University Research Brief about a large study that sought to determine if babies born through in vitro fertilization (IVF) are more likely to develop cancer. This is the largest such study ever performed. It was published recently in the journal JAMA Pediatrics. The results showed that, while some rare cancers showed an increase, most childhood cancers are not more likely to occur in children born via IVF. The study can be found on the journal website: Association of In Vitro Fertilization With Childhood Cancer in the United States. The Research Brief can be read on the University’s news website: Research Brief: Largest Study of Childhood Cancer After IVF.
The story has received coverage from several media outlets:
- Minnesota Public Radio: Study: IVF Associated With Slight Increase in Cancer, But Shouldn’t Dissuade Parents-to-Be
- Minneapolis Star-Tribune: Minnesota Study Finds IVF-Cancer Link, But Researcher Says It’s Small and Should Not Trouble Parents
- Good Morning America: New Study Looks at the Link Between IVF and Child Cancer
- Reuters: IVF Tied to Slight Increased Risk of Rare Childhood Cancers
- Yahoo! News: Don’t Freak Out About the Study Linking IVF With Childhood Cancer
- Daily Mail: Children Born via IVF Have Slightly Higher Cancer Risk, Study Finds - But It’s Linked to Parents’ Fertility Issues Not the Technology
Professor Spector uses MSI for research into the genetic causes of childhood cancers.