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We need to talk about…CRISPR

21 August 2017 - by Giulia Cavaliere
Picture this - it's the last day in the office before the summer holidays, you're looking forward to some sunshine and warmth, email auto-response set, and all ready to go. Then, all of a sudden: the news... [Read More]
 

Why the decline in sperm concentration needs research you can count on

14 August 2017 - by Professor Allan Pacey
Twenty-five years ago, I recall sitting in a journal club in which the collective minds tore apart the then recently published (and still much quoted) meta-analysis by Elizabeth Carlsen, 'Evidence for decreasing quality of semen during past 50 years'. This BMJ paper made the headlines in 1992... [Read More]
 

Men, delayed childbearing and age-related fertility decline

07 August 2017 - by Caroline Law
While media reports regularly remind us of women's biological clocks and warn of the dangers of women leaving it 'too late' to have children, until recently little attention has been paid to the role of men in timing when to have children, and the effect of age on male fertility... [Read More]
 

FILM: What Next for Genomics?

31 July 2017 - by BioNews
This film documents the Progress Educational Trust/Genomics England event 'What Next for Genomics? Providing Answers, Changing Lives, Transforming the NHS', which launched the Chief Medical Officer's report Generation Genome... [Read More]
 

The fertility sector has a problem when it comes to IVF add-ons

24 July 2017 - by Dr Raj Mathur
The fourth in a series of videos filmed at the Progress Educational Trust's recent public debate 'Fertility Treatment Add-Ons: Do They Add Up?'... [Read More]
 

What The Handmaid's Tale has taught me about surrogacy

24 July 2017 - by Natalie Gamble
As a supporter of surrogacy, I expected the television adaptation of The Handmaid's Tale to be uncomfortable viewing. Margaret Atwood's chilling dystopian novel is well known for being the ultimate warning against surrogacy... [Read More]
 

A new service for fertility patients

17 July 2017 - by Juliet Tizzard
The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) has just launched its new website. With a fresh, clear design the site is designed to help patients navigate a stressful and often overwhelming journey by providing friendly, impartial information... [Read More]
 

Delivering the Genomic Dream across the NHS

17 July 2017 - by Professor Sue Hill
The Chief Medical Officer's Annual Report Generation Genome provides a comprehensive and considered focus on the potential of genomic technologies – coupled with clinical and phenotypic data – to transform the lives of patients... [Read More]
 

ABC v St George’s Healthcare NHS Trust: an arguable duty to disclose familial genetic risks

10 July 2017 - by Victoria Chico
In ABC v St Georges NHS Trust, the daughter of a man with Huntington's disease sued the UK hospital caring for her father, claiming that they had a duty of care to share the father's diagnosis with her, even against his wishes... [Read More]
 

What next for genomics? Providing answers, changing lives, transforming the NHS

10 July 2017 - by Dr Rachel Brown
A packed public event, produced by the Progress Educational Trust in partnership with Genomics England, saw the Chief Medical Officer for England launch her report 'Generation Genome'... [Read More]
 

Safety matters – can we be sure that CRISPR-Cas9 is not producing unwanted genetic alterations?

03 July 2017 - by Dr Dusko Ilic
Recent debate over the safety of CRISPR-Cas9 genome editing following a study that suggested it can cause hundreds of unexpected mutations left me puzzled... [Read More]
 

What counts as evidence when it comes to fertility treatment?

03 July 2017 - by Dr Simon Fishel
The third in a series of videos filmed at the Progress Educational Trust's recent public debate 'Fertility Treatment Add-Ons: Do They Add Up?'... [Read More]
 

How Germany's new Sperm Donor Registry Act is internationally progressive

26 June 2017 - by Claudia Brügge and Dr Petra Thorn
The German government has passed a law that will regulate the right of donor-conceived people to access their biological origins... [Read More]
 

Responsible innovation and IVF add-ons - it's time for the fertility sector to step up

26 June 2017 - by Sally Cheshire
The second in a series of videos filmed at the Progress Educational Trust's recent public debate 'Fertility Treatment Add-Ons: Do They Add Up?'... [Read More]
 

The fertility sector should lead the debate on IVF add-ons

19 June 2017 - by Professor Adam Balen
The first in a series of videos filmed at the Progress Educational Trust's recent public debate 'Fertility Treatment Add-Ons: Do They Add Up?'... [Read More]
 

Flushed with success, but we will still need IVF

12 June 2017 - by Stuart Lavery and George Christopoulos
The recent study from Dreyer et al examining the chance of natural pregnancy following hysterosalpingography has provoked a significant amount of interest in the lay press, with suggestions that this well established diagnostic fertility test could be offered therapeutically and be considered as an alternative to IVF... [Read More]
 

Genetic disorders: empowering patients and families through information

12 June 2017 - by Arti Patel
'I've got the diagnosis, now what?' is one of the first questions families ask when they contact us at Unique, the UK-based organisation for rare chromosome and genomic disorders... [Read More]
 

The conceptual foundation of the right to know one's genetic origins

05 June 2017 - by Professor Vardit Ravitsky, Dr Juliet Guichon, Marie-Eve Lemoine, and Professor Michelle Giroux
In his commentary, Professor Guido Pennings argues there is no empirical evidence to support the assumption that it is in the best interests of children to know that they are donor conceived. We would like to add another layer to the critique, by focusing on the conceptual foundation underlying the right of donor-conceived people to know their genetic origins... [Read More]
 

Autism and smoking during pregnancy - a mitochondrial inheritance

30 May 2017 - by Professor David Skuse
In recent years, there has been an explosion in the number of children diagnosed with autism. There is seemingly one in every classroom, most of them boys; some are quiet and nerdy, others may be disruptive and aggressive. Most have normal intelligence, and can be educated in mainstream schools. Parents of such children  question why one child is affected... [Read More]
 

Donor-conceived people do benefit from being told about their conception

30 May 2017 - by Professor Eric Blyth, Dr Marilyn Crawshaw, Iolanda Rodino, and Dr Petra Thorn
Professor Guido Pennings' provocatively entitled BioNews commentary 'Donor children do not benefit from being told about their conception' purports to highlight the shortcomings of existing research supporting a pro-disclosure agenda and castigates counsellors and researchers who advocate parental disclosure... [Read More]
 

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Professor Allan Pacey

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