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Podcast: The Birds, the Bees and Fertility Treatment - A Sting in the Tale?

23 May 2016 - by Sandy Starr
Should (in)fertility be a part of secondary school education? If so, then how we should we - and how shouldn't we - go about teaching it?... [Read More]
 

The 14-day rule for human embryonic research in the UK

23 May 2016 - by Dr Calum MacKellar
Prohibiting what is useless and legalising what becomes useful in embryonic research without any in-depth ethical consideration may be pragmatic, but such an approach is ultimately just as irrational and meaningless as the concept of the human embryo's 'special status'... [Read More]
 

Culturing a human embryo for 14 days – what have we learned?

16 May 2016 - by Dr Helen O'Neill
Species-specific differences in terms of developmental timing and molecular expression patterns have restricted our true understanding of early human development... [Read More]
 

Help us keep developing BioNews

09 May 2016 - by Sarah Norcross
This week has seen a breakthrough in human embryology - a breakthrough whose ethical, social and legal implications sit firmly within the scope of BioNews... [Read More]
 

Lab in a lunch box

09 May 2016 - by Craig Macpherson
The development of a portable DNA laboratory for professionals and enthusiasts raises questions about how regulations can possibly protect consumers in this rapidly developing field... [Read More]
 

Should we extend the 14-day period for cultivating human embryos?

09 May 2016 - by Julian Hitchcock
The advances of Magdalena Zernicka-Goetz, the opportunities to undertake valuable medical research and our changed sense of values all demand that we reappraise the 14-day limit... [Read More]
 

BioNews Appeal

03 May 2016 - by Sarah Norcross
Helping BioNews raise funds could not be easier... [Read More]
 

How personal genomics spells the end of donor anonymity

03 May 2016 - by Professor Joyce Harper, Debbie Kennett and Dr Dan Reisel
With the rise of consumer genetic testing, it is now possible for people to accidentally discover that they were conceived using donor eggs or sperm and for donors who thought they were anonymous to be traced by their offspring... [Read More]
 

Reassurance for mothers over mosaic aneuploidy in CVS

03 May 2016 - by Professor Magdalena Zernicka-Goetz
Although our recent findings on the fate of aneuploid cells in mosaic embryos have indeed been somewhat misrepresented in the press, our findings may still constitute a strand of hope for mothers who have had early test results showing mosaic aneuploidy... [Read More]
 

How to avoid selling out - public attitudes to commercial access to health data

25 April 2016 - by Dr Barbara Prainsack
A recent Wellcome Trust report says the public are worried about the 'one-way mirror', which allows companies full access to health data while the public know little about what they are doing with it and whom they're sharing it with... [Read More]
 

The Birds, the Bees and Fertility Treatment: A Sting in the Tale?

25 April 2016 - by Rachel Brown
This event, organised by the Progress Educational Trust, generated a lively debate about what – if anything – children should be taught at school about infertility... [Read More]
 

Abnormal fetuses are highly unlikely to heal themselves

18 April 2016 - by Professor Caroline Ogilvie
Press coverage of a recent study on mouse embryos speculates that termination of human pregnancies diagnosed with aneuploidy (a family of conditions including Down's syndrome) at prenatal diagnosis could be unnecessary, due to the ability of the fetus to 'heal itself'. In fact, the paper's findings are not relevant to aneuploidy detected at prenatal diagnosis... [Read More]
 

Womb transplants – are they worth the risk?

18 April 2016 - by Dr Natasha Hammond-Browning
The first US uterus transplant was carried out in February, but before we continue down this route we need to ask whether the risks outweigh the benefits of these procedures... [Read More]
 

Identity, disability and the genome

11 April 2016 - by Dr Felicity Boardman
My research on families living with the genetic disorder Spinal Muscular Atrophy calls into question some of the assumptions underlying the belief that genetic disease is, inherently and by its very definition, a trait to be avoided... [Read More]
 

PET goes round the bend

11 April 2016 - by Sarah Norcross
BioNews is having to make some changes... [Read More]
 

Pre-pubertal ovarian tissue preservation – are we pushing the boundaries too far?

11 April 2016 - by Dr Edgar Mocanu
Oncofertility services allow some women to cryopreserve oocytes, embryos or ovarian tissue in order to protect their ability to have a family when faced with malignancy and adjuvant therapy. However, to date, fertility cryopreservation had very little to offer young, pre-pubertal girls... [Read More]
 

Genetic repeat

04 April 2016 - by Sarah Norcross
This week's edition of BioNews sees the return of a familiar name... [Read More]
 

Protecting our next generation from an uncertain fertility future: why education is key

04 April 2016 - by Dr Geeta Nargund
Complete reproductive education, including regarding fertility issues, is the right of all our young people... [Read More]
 

Reply to the signatories of the COGEN Consensus Statement

21 March 2016 - by Heidi Mertes, Sjoerd Repping & Guido de Wert
The cosignatories of the COGEN consensus statement attempt to refute our remarks and concerns about the increased use of preimplantation genetic screening by presenting the same low-level 'evidence' they continuously use to advocate the widespread adoption of PGS... [Read More]
 

Retrospective removal of donor anonymity: respectful, fair, grateful and moral? An evidence-based argument

21 March 2016 - by Professor Eric Blyth and Dr Marilyn Crawshaw
The Government of Victoria should be applauded for confronting a dilemma that so many others have avoided... [Read More]
 

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