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The Fertility Show


Mitochondrial replacement therapy and the welfare of the child

17 October 2016 - by Dr Mair Crouch
The announcement of the birth of the first child conceived using mitochondrial donation was unforeseen. Nonetheless, in any country regulation should be required to protect the interests of the child... [Read More]

Should the Law Commission take a look at the birth registration system?

17 October 2016 - by Dr Julie McCandless
Birth registration seems to be an increasingly 'unstraightforward' procedure for many. Given the impact that birth registration has on wider society, effective law reform cannot be implemented without asking wider questions about the role and purpose of birth registration in contemporary society, as opposed to piecemeal reform of a system that was designed to meet the needs of the early Victorian era... [Read More]

Semen quality of ICSI-born males – not as bad as we thought

10 October 2016 - by Professor Allan Pacey
The finding that men who were conceived as a result of ICSI have lower sperm counts is not surprising, but the good news is that they are not as low as might have been expected... [Read More]

The Mexican mitochondrial case and moral supremacy

10 October 2016 - by Giulia Cavaliere
The announcement of the first baby born using mitochondrial spindle transfer, one of the two techniques that allow the replacement of faulty mitochondrial DNA, caught the UK scientific and bioethics community by surprise... [Read More]

Down's syndrome: NIPT in the bud?

03 October 2016 - by Victoria Woodham
The introduction of non-invasive prenatal testing in the NHS screening programme for pregnant women may seem like a no-brainer, but it is based on outdated ideas of what life is like for people with Down's syndrome and their families... [Read More]

The Mexican mitochondrial fiasco

28 September 2016 - by César Palacios González
Dr John Zhang's team have opened a new door in terms of reproductive possibilities, but they may very well be instrumental in closing the assisted reproductive door for many people in Mexico... [Read More]

Parenthood following treatment with donor sperm

26 September 2016 - by Anest Mathias
In April 2009 the parenthood provisions of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008 came into force. This governs parenthood following the use of donor gametes, including sperm... [Read More]

Testing, Testing 1, 2, 3: PGS and PGD

26 September 2016 - by Dr Nicoletta Charolidi
There was a captivating debate around the emerging genetic choices, legal framework and ethical issues from the use of PGS (pre-implantation genetic screening) and PGD (pre-implantation genetic diagnosis) at this event produced by the Progress Educational Trust (PET)... [Read More]

NICE update guidance on IUI rejected by professionals

19 September 2016 - by Professor Roy Homburg and Dr Gulam Bahadur
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has issued new guidance on the use of IUI that displays a plethora of contradictions and inconsistencies in an effort to maintain the status quo, precluding a fair appraisal of IUI practice... [Read More]

Shortage of organs for transplantation – is more research on human–animal chimeras the right approach?

12 September 2016 - by Dr Silvia Camporesi and Giulia Cavaliere
By focusing all our attention on the ethics of human–animal hybrids, we may be overlooking non-technical solutions to the short supply of human organs for transplantation... [Read More]

Online banking for UK sperm donors

05 September 2016 - by Dr Kamal Ahuja, Dr Meheranghiz Minbattiwalla, Ms Toyin Jegede
The notion persists that sperm donation in Britain limps ahead in a state of perpetual crisis: difficulties at the much vaunted national sperm bank, imports of donor sperm flooding in from Denmark, and UK donors terrified of disclosing their identity. Yet nothing could be further from the truth... [Read More]

Optimising IVF practice: Fresh or frozen embryos?

30 August 2016 - by Dr Bruce Shapiro
Is it better to transfer fresh embryos during IVF or frozen embryos that have been thawed... [Read More]

Why information and choice won't solve all of NIPT's ethical problems

30 August 2016 - by Dr Ainsley Newson
Jane Fisher and Lyn Chitty highlight in BioNews 864 that it's been almost nine months since the UK National Screening Committee recommended an 'evaluative implementation of NIPT into the NHS's antenatal screening programme – a recommendation that still awaits ministerial decision... [Read More]

Fertility education in schools – a teenager's perspective

22 August 2016 - by Phoebe Thornhill
As a current sixth-form student, I am well-acquainted with the format of sex education in secondary schools. The single take-home message is: 'Don’t have unprotected sex because you’ll get pregnant, get an STI, or both.' I think that this needs to change... [Read More]

NIPT or not to NIPT – is that really the question?

15 August 2016 - by Jane Fisher and Professor Lyn Chitty
A central tenet of prenatal testing is to promote reproductive autonomy by providing women with information that can assist in pregnancy management. Bringing NIPT into the NHS will improve an established screening programme... [Read More]

Blurred boundaries – the language of DNA

08 August 2016 - by Professor Marcus Pembrey
The general public have appropriated the term DNA to mean much more than just the molecule itself. This may not be a problem most of the time but, in the case of donor eggs and sperm in particular, it's important that people are clear on what genetics and epigenetics really tell us... [Read More]

Infertility Network UK has a new name...

01 August 2016 - by Susan Seenan
The charity Infertility Network UK, which supports people in the UK who are experiencing fertility problems, is rebranding and will now be known as Fertility Network UK... [Read More]

Turning back the ticking clock: Could we? Should we?

01 August 2016 - by Dr Roger Sturmey
Reports that scientists in Greece have rejuvenated ovaries in perimenopausal women is potentially very exciting. However, there remain significant questions about this research... [Read More]

The making of an Olympic athlete

25 July 2016 - by Craig Pickering
Is elite performance in sport linked to genes, training, or luck?... [Read More]

Matching mitochondrial and nuclear DNA: Much ado about nothing?

18 July 2016 - by Dr Dusko Ilic
A match of mitochondrial and nuclear genomes apparently affects healthy ageing in mice. But key questions need to be answered before stirring up implications for human mitochondrial replacement therapies... [Read More]


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