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The Fertility Show

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Issue 615 (11 July 2011)

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Comment

A call for Ontario to regulate assisted human reproduction
11 July 2011 - by Vince Londini
In December, the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) struck down most of the Assisted Human Reproduction Act (AHRA) of 2004. This ruling invalidated almost all Canadian federal regulations covering the many sticky areas of emerging Assisted Human Reproduction (AHR) practice... [Read More]
ART regulation in Canada – birth much delayed
11 July 2011 - by Professor Eric Blyth
It is not so long since I applauded the decision of the Supreme Court of British Columbia (BC) for promoting the disclosure of the identity of gamete and embryo donors to their offspring [1]. News that the BC Attorney-General is appealing the judgment to the federal Supreme Court indicates that my enthusiasm was a case of premature elation [2]. The good news for those of us who believe that non-anonymous donation is the only ethical form of gamete and embryo donation is that if the federal Su... [Read More]

News Digest

Gene editing success for haemophilia
11 July 2011 - by Dr Caroline Hirst
Scientists have, for the first time, successfully treated a blood disorder by repairing errors in the DNA of a living animal. Researchers from The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, together with California-based Sangamo BioSciences, have applied an innovative genome editing technique to treat haemophilia B, which affects around one in 30,000 boys and men... [Read More]
US stem cell legislation to be introduced
11 July 2011 - by Nisha Satkunarajah
New legislation to permit federal funds to be used for research on embryos, which would otherwise be destroyed following IVF, will be introduced to the US Congress.... [Read More]
Do healthy gums improve your chances of being a mum?
11 July 2011 - by Dr Jay Stone
Women with poor oral health take on average two months longer to conceive than those with healthy gums, Australian scientists have shown.... [Read More]
Germany allows PGD for life-threatening genetic defects
11 July 2011 - by Nishat Hyder
The German parliament has passed a new law allowing PGD in limited circumstances. Under the new law, couples undergoing IVF can use PGD to screen embryos only if the parents have a predisposition to a serious genetic illness... [Read More]
Betting for a baby: To Hatch launches an IVF lottery
11 July 2011 - by Dr Kimberley Bryon-Dodd
A controversial lottery, offering 25,000 worth of IVF treatment as a prize, has been given the go ahead. The Gambling Commission has licensed To Hatch, a UK charity offering fertility advice, to sell tickets to win the fertility treatment in a monthly draw.... [Read More]
Could drinking while pregnant harm your baby's DNA?
11 July 2011 - by Dr Rosie Gilchrist
Alcohol can cause irreparable DNA damage and fetal abnormalities in pregnant mice, a study has found. The findings may explain how excessive drinking during pregnancy causes fetal alcohol syndrome, which can lead to lifelong learning disabilities... [Read More]
First synthetic windpipe transplant is a success
11 July 2011 - by Dr Rebecca Robey
Surgeons have successfully transplanted a synthetic organ into a human for the first time. In a groundbreaking operation, a cancer patient's windpipe was replaced with an artificial replica that had been grown using his own stem cells.... [Read More]
Sperm, smoking, screening and more
11 July 2011 - by Sarah Pritchard
Some of the highlights from the 27th Annual Meeting of the European Society of Human Reproduction (ESHRE) in Stockholm include good news for sperm donation in the UK; advice about how to reduce the effects of tobacco on unborn children; a 'non invasive' screening technique for chromosomal abnormalities in embryos; and a mathematical model to help reduce multiple births in IVF procedures... [Read More]
Australian sex-offender seeks access to IVF
11 July 2011 - by Kyrillos Georgiadis
An Australian man is seeking to overturn a ruling barring him and his partner from accessing IVF on the grounds of his previous conviction in 2003 for having sex with a 16-year-old student while he was employed as a teacher's aide.... [Read More]

Reviews

TV Review: Should I Test My Genes? The Price of Life
11 July 2011 - by Daniel Malynn
Adam Wishart's documentary charted his personal journey to discover the secrets hidden in his genes. After his mother's death from breast cancer, Adam wanted to discover whether he too is genetically at risk of developing the disease. Looking at his immediate family history, he found seven of his mother's 14 brothers, sister and cousins died from cancer. Adam's mother, aunt and grandmother all had breast cancer... [Read More]

 

 

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