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Ovarian tissue transplant results in birth of girl

Ann Dauer gave birth early Sunday morning in Canton, Ohio, to a baby girl, marking the first successful birth after an ovarian tissue transplant in North America and only the second in the world.

Eight-pound, 6-ounce Sienna Ann also is the first birth from an ovarian transplant grafted under a woman's skin.

The former Buffalo resident received the ovarian tissue graft years after successfully undergoing a stem cell transplant and chemotherapy for a cancer that would have made her infertile and then waiting to confirm she was in remission.

"We're thrilled, and everyone is doing well," said Greg, her husband.

The experimental procedure, in which the patient's ovarian tissue is removed and frozen for reimplantation later when a woman is healthy again, could protect the ovaries of thousands of women and children who receive toxic treatments for cancer and other diseases. Longer term, if proved safe and effective, the technique may allow healthy women to delay childbirth until later in life.

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Key environmental groups to attend Saturday summit

Daemen College is hosting a summit Saturday that is set to bring together more than a dozen key Western New York environmental groups.

Rep. Brian M. Higgins, D-Buffalo, and Joseph A. Gardella Jr., a University at Buffalo chemistry professor, are among the guest speakers scheduled to appear.

The event will run from 9 a.m. to noon in the Wick Center on the Daemen campus, 4380 Main St., Snyder.

The summit will feature sessions on a range of issues, including energy conservation, recycling, and managing water resources. It is sponsored by Daemen's Center for Sustainable Communities and Civic Engagement.

Participating organizations include the Preservation Coalition of Erie County, the Wind Action Group, Western New York Energy $mart Communities and Friends of Buffalo/Niagara River.

For information, call the Daemen center at 839-8524 or e-mail sustainc@daemen.edu.

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Wal-Mart Supercenter draws plea for support

NIAGARA FALLS -- Supporters turned out Monday to ask the Planning Board to approve a proposed Wal-Mart Supercenter and Sam's Club shopping complex on Military Road.

Monday's meeting followed a hearing earlier this year at which the board approved several items necessary for Benderson Development's seven-building complex to go forward.

But the board must reapprove all those actions because an attorney for a group that opposes the shopping complex found paperwork was missing when the development packet was sent to the county Planning Board for approval.

Citizens Against Sprawlmart is suing the Planning Board because it claims the board did not properly evaluate the planned complex for state environmental review.

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