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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]
 

A victory for consent – but what about the welfare of the child?

11 July 2016 - by Kriss Fearon
A couple whose daughter died of cancer, leaving frozen eggs in storage, has recently won the right to have their request for export reconsidered by the HFEA. There are a number of troubling features of the case which deserve proper scrutiny... [Read More]
 

Podcast: Can Women Put Motherhood on Ice?

11 July 2016 - by Sandy Starr
Can egg freezing deliver on its promise? Does the possibility of delaying motherhood mean winning the battle for gender equality, or does it mean the opposite?... [Read More]
 

The posthumous use of sperm - a sorry tale

04 July 2016 - by Emma Nottingham
The case of Samantha Jeffries - a widow who is trying to save the embryos she created with her husband before his death - holds lessons both for fertility clinics and for the HFEA... [Read More]
 

Can women put motherhood on ice?

27 June 2016 - by Dr Lucy Freem
The Progress Educational Trust held its first-ever debate in Scotland – on the subject of egg freezing – which proved a lively topic of debate... [Read More]
 

Pig-human organs: policing the moral boundaries

20 June 2016 - by Dr Anna Smajdor
The recent of creation of pig embryos with human DNA blurs the boundaries between animals and ourselves, giving us a chance to consider whether our moral categories are correct... [Read More]
 

Fertility treatment provision in England violates NHS first principles

20 June 2016 - by Stephen Harbottle
Since its launch in 1948, the NHS has become the world's largest publicly funded health service and a beacon of what is possible to the rest of the world. Unless, it seems, you are finding it hard to conceive... [Read More]
 

Surrogacy in Australia – a missed opportunity

13 June 2016 - by Stephen Page
A parliamentary inquiry into surrogacy laws in Australia has just reported its recommendations, but they don't go far enough and the country is likely to remain the world's largest exporters of intended parents... [Read More]
 

Shock! Horror! Or business as usual?

06 June 2016 - by Professor Susan Bewley
As a long-time obstetric ringside observer, it seems to me that unnecessary and expensive treatments are de rigeur in the fertility industry, something that's haunted the field for decades... [Read More]
 

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