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Does it matter whether infertility is a disease?

11 December 2017 - by Hane Maung
Infertility affects one in seven couples in the United Kingdom. Currently in England, state-funded treatment for infertility is available under the NHS, although availability varies across different local clinical commissioning groups. Depending on the kind of infertility, treatment may include medical interventions, surgical procedures, and assisted reproductive technologies... [Read More]
 

Preimplantation genetic screening: unvalidated methods discard healthy embryos

11 December 2017 - by Norbert Gleicher
A seemingly brilliant hypothesis of preimplantation genetic screening arose in the 1990s when Dr Yuri Verlinsky proposed using polar body biopsies to detect chromosomal abnormalities in embryos prior to transfer in IVF... Healthy embryos are discarded by unvalidated PGS
 

Autism, genetics and epigenetics: why the lived experience matters in research

04 December 2017 - by Dr Kristien Hens and Dr Leni Van Goidsenhoven
Popular scientific publications regularly have articles with headlines suggesting that 'autism is hereditary' or that the 'risk for developing autism' is mostly caused by genetics... [Read More]
 

Shared motherhood IVF for lesbian couples is gaining acceptance in the UK

27 November 2017 - by Daniel Bodri, Nick Macklon and Kamal Ahuja
In 2008, parliament voted to scrap the controversial 'need for a father' requirement from the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act; a consideration for 'supportive parenting' took its place. Alongside legislation giving rights to civil partnership (2004) and to marriage (2014) to same-sex couples, this provided the basis for a sudden surge in fertility treatment options for single and lesbian women... [Read More]
 

The reflex DNA method is an improvement on current antenatal screening in the UK

27 November 2017 - by Jonathan Bestwick
Antenatal screening for Down's, Edwards' and Patau's syndromes with the reflex DNA method was shown in our recent study to have higher screening performance compared with the combined test alone, and compared with the proposed recall DNA method... [Read More]
 

Confronting unproven stem cell treatments in Australia: The new regulation

20 November 2017 - by Dr Patrick Foong
Stem cell research holds tremendous promise for the treatment of a wide variety of illnesses and conditions, from spinal cord injury to autism. However, much more work is necessary to translate stem cell research into safe and effective therapies... [Read More]
 

The reflex prenatal screening model seems like a step in the wrong direction

20 November 2017 - by Catherine Joynson
The new 'reflex' method of antenatal screening for Down's, Edwards' and Patau's syndromes was described last week as a 'transformational advance'. It might be cheaper than other approaches, but it could come at the cost of informed choice for pregnant women and couples... [Read More]
 

FILM: Life after Death - A Woman's Victory in Having Her Deceased Husband's Children

13 November 2017 - by BioNews
This film documents a Progress Educational Trust/University of Sheffield event which marked 20 years since widow Diane Blood won the legal right to conceive a child using the sperm of her deceased husband... [Read More]
 

Why germline genome editing may be discriminatory

13 November 2017 - by Dr Calum MacKellar
On the 20th anniversary of the of the 1997 European Convention on Human Rights and Biomedicine (Oviedo Convention), the Council of Europe Committee on Bioethics organised an international conference entitled ‘Relevance and Challenges’ last month in Strasbourg, France... [Read More]
 

Embryo adoption in the US: Any lessons for the UK?

06 November 2017 - by Dr Lucy Frith, Dr Steve Lui and Professor Eric Blyth
Once a couple or individual has finished their fertility treatment, the question of what to do with any remaining frozen embryos is often perceived as a difficult decision. There are, broadly, four options to choose from... [Read More]
 

Fertility Fairness and the IVF postcode lottery

06 November 2017 - by Sarah Norcross
Sarah Norcross, Director of the Progress Educational Trust and Co-Chair of the campaigning organisation Fertility Fairness, speaks on TV and radio about worsening access to publicly funded IVF... [Read More]
 

Red wine improves women's fertility – an example of scientific misrepresentation in the press

06 November 2017 - by Professor Joyce Harper
The American Society for Reproductive Medicine conference was held last week in San Antonio, USA. Several oral presentations of abstracts made it into the popular press and have added to the confusion and inaccurate information fed to the public... [Read More]
 

Life after death - a woman's victory in having her deceased husband's children

30 October 2017 - by Professor Eric Blyth
A public event held on 24 October 2017 at the University of Sheffield by the Progress Educational Trust... [Read More]
 

FILM: What Does Consent Mean for Generation Genome?

23 October 2017 - by BioNews
This film documents the Progress Educational Trust/Genomics England event 'What Does Consent Mean for Generation Genome?', which formed part of the Genomics Conversation... [Read More]
 

Reform of assisted reproduction in Ireland is long overdue

23 October 2017 - by Dr Michelle Rodgers
Equity and access are among the most urgent issues for medically assisted reproduction. According to Ireland's Health Research Board, across Europe six countries offer full public funding, and 19 countries offer partial public funding... [Read More]
 

Human embryos donated for research: a gift that goes on giving

16 October 2017 - by Dr Kay Elder
Successful IVF treatment crucially depends on the culture systems used, which must provide an optimal environment for healthy embryo development. Yet most embryos arrest in culture; human embryo culture has long been based upon research into animal systems... [Read More]
 

Making dreams reality

09 October 2017 - by Sarah Norcross
There was lot of commentary about the UK Prime Minister Theresa May's speech last week. The coughing, the prankster, the Frida Kahlo bracelet, bits of the slogan behind her falling off, and of course the 'British dream'... [Read More]
 

How should we discuss genome editing in public?

02 October 2017 - by Sandy Starr
What do patients and laypeople think and know about genome editing and its implications? What are the best ways for experts and others to discuss genome editing in public, so as to improve public understanding and avoid confusion? The Progress Educational Trust has set out to answer these questions, with its 'Basic Understanding of Genome Editing' project.... [Read More]
 

The UK courts remain unmoved on commercial surrogacy

02 October 2017 - by Andrew Powell
A recent case is noteworthy not only for clinical negligence lawyers but also those interested in surrogacy and the wider public policy debate in the UK... [Read More]
 

Top of the Lake may sink as a procedural, but look beneath the surface

25 September 2017 - by Dr Iain Brassington
The implausibilities of this series ought not to detain us too long. For there are deep and troubling questions that the series raises. What is it to be a 'real' mother?... [Read More]
 

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