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Is there a right to genetic affinity with one's children?

24 April 2017 - by Dr Megan Allyse
Assisted reproduction returned to the international spotlight last month, when Singapore's highest court penalised a fertility centre that had mistakenly fertilised a woman's eggs with the wrong sperm. The woman and her husband sued for compensation equal to the cost of raising the child until the age of 21, claiming that the clinic's negligence had caused them to give birth to the 'wrong' child... [Read More]
 

Mitochondrial replacement techniques, Mexico and the legal unknowns

24 April 2017 - by Dr César Palacios-González
It is not every day that we can examine the details of the first use of a new reproductive technology. But the first live birth of a baby following the use of a mitochondrial replacement technique (MRT) in IVF last year gives a window into just this. The case – with procedures carried out in both the US and Mexico – also raises legal questions... [Read More]
 

The media, synthetic biology and CRISPR - fears vs. reality

10 April 2017 - by Sean Byrne
A recent Wall Street Journal article, 'DIY Gene Editing: Fast, Cheap — and Worrisome', describes the Saturday afternoon of teenager, Kian Sadeghi, as he learns to use CRISPR/Cas9 at the Genspace Community Lab in Brooklyn, New York. Like many news articles, the main angle of the article is that new science and technology present a problem... [Read More]
 

Fertility treatment add-ons: do they add up?

03 April 2017 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza
The controversial issue of IVF 'add-ons' – techniques and treatments offered to fertility patients on top of standard IVF – has been the subject of intense debate and media attention since last November's BBC Panorama's documentary, which claimed that many techniques advertised on fertility clinics websites were not backed up by good scientific evidence of success... [Read More]
 

Prohibiting sperm donor anonymity in the US and possible effects on recruitment and compensation

03 April 2017 - by Andrew Hellman and Professor Glenn Cohen
Many children conceived using donor sperm or eggs want to know their biological parents. In the US, some clinics make the identity of the sperm donor available to a donor-conceived child at age 18. Most intending parents, though, choose sperm donation programs that do not reveal the identities of the sperm donors – so-called 'anonymous sperm donation'... [Read More]
 

Going home and forgetting about it: a different perspective on donors and donor conception

27 March 2017 - by Dr Petra Nordqvist and Hazel Burke
Until twelve years ago, most people donating eggs or sperm via a UK clinic would be anonymous. In the eyes of the law, this donation was a generous gift that was handed over without continuing responsibilities or ties for the donor. In fact, continued involvement of the donor was usually discouraged... [Read More]
 

It all adds up

27 March 2017 - by Sarah Norcross
The Progress Educational Trust (PET) is having to turn people away from its event 'Fertility Treatment Add-Ons: Do They Add Up?' this week – help us make our events available to all... [Read More]
 

IVF add-ons: A perspective from a non-profit charity

20 March 2017 - by Dr Avi Lerner
Following the Panorama documentary on IVF 'add-ons', there has been a great deal of discussion about the potential for conflicts of interest in the fertility industry... [Read More]
 

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20 March 2017 - by Sarah Norcross
At the Progress Educational Trust, we pride ourselves on our make-do-and-mend attitude. Being careful with PET's funds is part of our culture – we recently repurposed our stepladder as a flipchart easel... [Read More]
 

Creating something out of nothing

13 March 2017 - by Sarah Norcross
Last week saw an exciting breakthrough in embryology, as stem cells from an adult mouse were used to grow a structure resembling a mouse embryo in vitro for the first time... [Read More]
 

The craftsmanship of mimicking embryogenesis in a dish

13 March 2017 - by Dr Dusko Ilic
The regulatory mechanisms governing organ development are, in general, poorly defined. To recreate the complex processes involved in organ growth and maturation, scientists have started fiddling with three-dimensional (3D) cell culture... [Read More]
 

Ethics report on non-invasive prenatal testing raises questions of its own

06 March 2017 - by Nick Meade
The Nuffield Council of Bioethics' new report on non-invasive prenatal testing is unnecessarily negative and encroaches on women's reproductive choices... [Read More]
 

Regulating the donor-conception industry in the US

27 February 2017 - by Wendy Kramer
In the US, the donor-conception industry is largely unregulated, and there is wide variation in egg- and sperm-bank policies and procedures. Problems often arise as a result of lack of consistency around medical testing, health history follow-up, sharing and updating medical information, openness and transparency, and record-keeping and communication... [Read More]
 

GIANT makes short work of height gene discovery

20 February 2017 - by Professor Darren Griffin
A recent large-scale study that discovered 83 rare genes related to human height reveals the power of so-called genome-wide association studies... [Read More]
 

Twins but legal strangers: paradoxical but could we have expected more?

13 February 2017 - by Dr Alice Margaria
It is not the first time that a court has been called to rule on the recognition of family ties established between a male couple and their twins born from surrogacy abroad. But the recent ruling of the Court of Appeal of Milan has attracted particular interest because of its absurd consequences... [Read More]
 

Extending the 14-day rule: Never mind Brexit, the whole world is watching

06 February 2017 - by Dr Ciara Staunton
Some have suggested that, after Brexit, British influence on rules about embryo research will be diluted. But this is far from true... [Read More]
 

What's so special about the status of the embryo?

30 January 2017 - by Dr Jess Buxton
The fifth and final session of the Progress Educational Trust's annual conference 'Rethinking the Ethics of Embryo Research: Genome Editing, 14 Days and Beyond' covered a range of perspectives on the status of the human embryo... [Read More]
 

Genome editing: CRISPR at the cutting edge

23 January 2017 - by Annabel Slater
The fourth session of the Progress Educational Trust's annual conference 'Rethinking the Ethics of Embryo Research: Genome Editing, 14 Days and Beyond' delved into the new genome-editing technique CRISPR/Cas9 and what it means for embryo research... [Read More]
 

Professor Sir Ian Wilmut in conversation with Dr Roger Highfield

16 January 2017 - by Dr Kirsty Horsey
The third session of the Progress Educational Trust's annual conference featured Professor Sir Ian Wilmut in conversation with Roger Highfield, former Telegraph science editor and now Director of External Affairs for the Science Museum Group... [Read More]
 

Should the 14-day limit on human embryo research be extended?

09 January 2017 - by Baroness Mary Warnock
As the Progress Educational Trust's Patron, Baroness Mary Warnock, is made a Companion of Honour in the New Year Honours List 2017, she offers her thoughts on whether the 14-day limit on human embryo research (which she originally proposed in 1984) should be extended... [Read More]
 

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