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Too many fertility clinics fall short when it comes to counselling

14 April 2014 - by Ruth Wilde and Sophia Parsons
The British Infertility Counselling Association recently collaborated with Infertility Network UK on a short survey to get a snapshot of the patient experience of counselling in licensed centres. The results reveal some worrying findings about both the offer and provision of counselling from clinics... [Read More]
 

Weight loss to improve fertility outcomes: how far should we go?

14 April 2014 - by Amanda Jefferys
Weight loss improves both fertility and reproductive outcomes, and weight management medications and surgery are more effective than lifestyle interventions in achieving significant weight loss. Can infertility be considered a medical condition associated with obesity?... [Read More]
 

Knowing your donor: How can we best recruit and keep donors?

07 April 2014 - by Dr Ruth Curson
Sadly, there are currently not enough egg and sperm donors in the UK to meet our needs. Recipients are now seeking alternative routes to find donors, either by travelling abroad or from unregulated internet sites: both with the potential for unwanted consequences... [Read More]
 

Relative Risk: Breast Cancer and Genetics

07 April 2014 - by Matthew Thomas
At the launch of their 'Breast Cancer: Chances, Choices and Genetics' project, a panel of experts and a lively audience grappled with the difficult topic of cancer genetics... [Read More]
 

Unlocking the genetics of breast cancer

07 April 2014 - by Baroness Delyth Morgan
The news of Angelina Jolie's mastectomy last year brought breast cancer genetics, risk and prevention into the international spotlight. Her decision was only possible due to the efforts of researchers, over the past twenty years and more, to identify the inherited genetic mutations... [Read More]
 

Harnessing the 'Angelina effect': Improving care for people with a family history of breast cancer in the UK

31 March 2014 - by Dr Caroline Dalton
As we learn more, and as technologies develop, there are continuing challenges for the NHS to meet in providing the best possible care for people at risk of familial breast cancer... [Read More]
 

Is mitochondrial donation 'genetic engineering'?

24 March 2014 - by Professor Janna Thompson
MP Jacob Rees-Mogg recently implied that mitochondrial transfer is akin to eugenics, but it is a way of combating debilitating ailments rather than producing 'perfect' human beings... [Read More]
 

UK surrogacy gone wrong

17 March 2014 - by Louisa Ghevaert
A recent case made national headlines for being a 'do it yourself' surrogacy arrangement which ended in marital breakdown and legal chaos, but news reports did not fully address the complex issues raised in the case about the identity and best interests of the child... [Read More]
 

Ethics around womb transplantation

10 March 2014 - by Dr Kevin Grimes
Ethics is about communication, and this is true when looking back on our ethical discussion of womb transplantation... [Read More]
 

Improving quality of care for IVF patients

03 March 2014 - by Peter Thompson
IVF in the UK is thriving. But is it as good as it could be? We at the HFEA want to think about how we can get the best out of the IVF sector in the UK... [Read More]
 

Mitochondrial transfer and three-person IVF: What's in a name?

24 February 2014 - by Dr Roger Sturmey
The description of mitochondrial transfer as 'three-person IVF' may conjure up some unnerving perceptions of the consequences, and may be met in the public arena with discomfort, but it's worth considering the fundamental aspects of this approach... [Read More]
 

What are the best interests of the child in international surrogacy?

17 February 2014 - by Professor Eric Blyth, Dr Marilyn Crawshaw and Professor Olga van den Akker
As the surrogacy industry grows, so too do calls from parts of the consumer lobby, fertility industry and others for a loosening of international and domestic restraints on surrogacy arrangements... [Read More]
 

General Scheme of a Children and Family Relationships Bill

10 February 2014 - by Fiona Duffy
Despite the lack of legislation and a regulatory framework in assisted conception, fertility treatment has been widely available in Ireland for many years. But in the absence of legislation, fertility clinics will not provide surrogacy services and many Irish couples requiring the use of a surrogate have, as a result, gone abroad... [Read More]
 

Questions relating to 'mitochondrial replacement'

10 February 2014 - by Professor Calum MacKellar
Those who are concerned about mitochondrial replacement techniques do not have any less compassion than those who believe that such procedures should be introduced: they just remain to be convinced that all the biological risks have been sufficiently addressed... [Read More]
 

Changing perceptions, changing lives: commissioning fertility services in the age of austerity

03 February 2014 - by Mark Johnson
In 2011, the All Party Parliamentary Group on Infertility found that over 70 percent of NHS Primary Care Trusts were not providing the recommended three full cycles of IVF to eligible couples. Three years later, there has been a very real and very disappointing lack of progress... [Read More]
 

How to make a mouse from scratch: a few drops of blood, one pinch of salt, and a drop of vinegar…

03 February 2014 - by Dr Dusko Ilic
This apparent witch's recipe is how a group of Japanese scientists have generated new mice: a remarkable finding that proves that true greatness lies in simplicity... [Read More]
 

Putting a 'kilt on Yearworth': Holdich v Lothian Health Board [2013]

27 January 2014 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza
The Outer House of the Court of Session in Scotland has allowed a claim for compensation brought by a man whose sperm may have been damaged by a failure of a storage vessel to proceed to a full trial.... [Read More]
 

We are not afraid

27 January 2014 - by Sarah Norcross
PET is delighted to receive a testimonial from John Harris, professor of bioethics at the University of Manchester... [Read More]
 

'Ignorance and prejudice should not be allowed to dictate the outcome'

20 January 2014 - by Sarah Norcross
PET needs your help to continue to inform the debate on the ethical issues surrounding genetics, assisted conception and stem cell and embryo research so that 'ignorance and prejudice do not dictate the outcome'... [Read More]
 

Older Mothers and IVF

20 January 2014 - by Professor Cathy Warwick
The pressure on the UK's midwives is at its highest for decades. In England, for example, there were more babies born in 2012 than in any year since 1971... [Read More]
 

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