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Can women put motherhood on ice?

27 June 2016 - by Dr Lucy Freem
The Progress Educational Trust held its first-ever debate in Scotland – on the subject of egg freezing – which proved a lively topic of debate... [Read More]
 

Fertility treatment provision in England violates NHS first principles

20 June 2016 - by Stephen Harbottle
Since its launch in 1948, the NHS has become the world's largest publicly funded health service and a beacon of what is possible to the rest of the world. Unless, it seems, you are finding it hard to conceive... [Read More]
 

Pig-human organs: policing the moral boundaries

20 June 2016 - by Dr Anna Smajdor
The recent of creation of pig embryos with human DNA blurs the boundaries between animals and ourselves, giving us a chance to consider whether our moral categories are correct... [Read More]
 

Surrogacy in Australia – a missed opportunity

13 June 2016 - by Stephen Page
A parliamentary inquiry into surrogacy laws in Australia has just reported its recommendations, but they don't go far enough and the country is likely to remain the world's largest exporters of intended parents... [Read More]
 

Shock! Horror! Or business as usual?

06 June 2016 - by Professor Susan Bewley
As a long-time obstetric ringside observer, it seems to me that unnecessary and expensive treatments are de rigeur in the fertility industry, something that's haunted the field for decades... [Read More]
 

Single parent surrogacy – what the High Court ruling really means

31 May 2016 - by Adem Muzaffer, Elizabeth Isaacs QC and Natalie Gamble
The President of the High Court Family Division declared last week that UK surrogacy law was incompatible with the human rights of a single father and his child... [Read More]
 

With advances in embryo research, it's time to bring abortion law out of the Victorian age

31 May 2016 - by Professor Sally Sheldon
News that scientists have managed to keep alive embryos beyond the point at which they would normally implant in the womb has led to calls for the 14-day limit on embryo research to be extended. It also highlights a fundamental problem in the regulation of abortion... [Read More]
 

Podcast: The Birds, the Bees and Fertility Treatment - A Sting in the Tale?

23 May 2016 - by Sandy Starr
Should (in)fertility be a part of secondary school education? If so, then how we should we - and how shouldn't we - go about teaching it?... [Read More]
 

The 14-day rule for human embryonic research in the UK

23 May 2016 - by Dr Calum MacKellar
Prohibiting what is useless and legalising what becomes useful in embryonic research without any in-depth ethical consideration may be pragmatic, but such an approach is ultimately just as irrational and meaningless as the concept of the human embryo's 'special status'... [Read More]
 

Culturing a human embryo for 14 days – what have we learned?

16 May 2016 - by Dr Helen O'Neill
Species-specific differences in terms of developmental timing and molecular expression patterns have restricted our true understanding of early human development... [Read More]
 

Help us keep developing BioNews

09 May 2016 - by Sarah Norcross
This week has seen a breakthrough in human embryology - a breakthrough whose ethical, social and legal implications sit firmly within the scope of BioNews... [Read More]
 

Lab in a lunch box

09 May 2016 - by Craig Macpherson
The development of a portable DNA laboratory for professionals and enthusiasts raises questions about how regulations can possibly protect consumers in this rapidly developing field... [Read More]
 

Should we extend the 14-day period for cultivating human embryos?

09 May 2016 - by Julian Hitchcock
The advances of Magdalena Zernicka-Goetz, the opportunities to undertake valuable medical research and our changed sense of values all demand that we reappraise the 14-day limit... [Read More]
 

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03 May 2016 - by Sarah Norcross
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How personal genomics spells the end of donor anonymity

03 May 2016 - by Professor Joyce Harper, Debbie Kennett and Dr Dan Reisel
With the rise of consumer genetic testing, it is now possible for people to accidentally discover that they were conceived using donor eggs or sperm and for donors who thought they were anonymous to be traced by their offspring... [Read More]
 

Reassurance for mothers over mosaic aneuploidy in CVS

03 May 2016 - by Professor Magdalena Zernicka-Goetz
Although our recent findings on the fate of aneuploid cells in mosaic embryos have indeed been somewhat misrepresented in the press, our findings may still constitute a strand of hope for mothers who have had early test results showing mosaic aneuploidy... [Read More]
 

How to avoid selling out - public attitudes to commercial access to health data

25 April 2016 - by Dr Barbara Prainsack
A recent Wellcome Trust report says the public are worried about the 'one-way mirror', which allows companies full access to health data while the public know little about what they are doing with it and whom they're sharing it with... [Read More]
 

The Birds, the Bees and Fertility Treatment: A Sting in the Tale?

25 April 2016 - by Rachel Brown
This event, organised by the Progress Educational Trust, generated a lively debate about what – if anything – children should be taught at school about infertility... [Read More]
 

Abnormal fetuses are highly unlikely to heal themselves

18 April 2016 - by Professor Caroline Ogilvie
Press coverage of a recent study on mouse embryos speculates that termination of human pregnancies diagnosed with aneuploidy (a family of conditions including Down's syndrome) at prenatal diagnosis could be unnecessary, due to the ability of the fetus to 'heal itself'. In fact, the paper's findings are not relevant to aneuploidy detected at prenatal diagnosis... [Read More]
 

Womb transplants – are they worth the risk?

18 April 2016 - by Dr Natasha Hammond-Browning
The first US uterus transplant was carried out in February, but before we continue down this route we need to ask whether the risks outweigh the benefits of these procedures... [Read More]
 

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