Subscribe to the BioNews newsletter for free

Login
Advanced Search

Search for
BioNews

Like the Progress Educational Trust on Facebook


Human Clinical Embryology and Assisted Conception MSc





1/64
 

IVF practices challenged: a response

05 December 2016 - by Professor Adam Balen
Professor Adam Balen argues that the recent Panorama investigation into the use of add-ons in fertility clinics is a misrepresentation of these clinics and a misunderstanding of the data... [Read More]
 

Ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome – it's time to reverse the trend

05 December 2016 - by Dr Geeta Nargund
There has been a 40 percent rise in hospital admissions with severe OHSS in UK fertility clinics in 2015. This extraordinary statistic reveals that the time has now come for firm action to reverse the trend of severe OHSS, a serious but preventable condition... [Read More]
 

Regeneration of oocytes from discarded genetic material: will this double IVF success rates?

28 November 2016 - by Dr Philip Lewis and Professor Daniel Brison
A major factor limiting the effectiveness of IVF is the availability of high-quality egg cells from a patient. But new research suggests that the use of polar bodies might create two oocytes for the price of one... [Read More]
 

Altruistic anonymous uterus donation – altruism at the highest level?

21 November 2016 - by Dr Natasha Hammond-Browning
Sixteen uterus donations have occurred worldwide, and so far only a research team in Sweden has carried out transplants that successfully produced live births. The Swedish trial involved donations from living persons... [Read More]
 

Boy or Girl? Sex, Law and Certainty: The Intersex Problem

21 November 2016 - by Ed Horowicz
Sex is one of the first identifying genetic characteristics that a new baby presents to parents and to society. But the medical and legal requirement to conform to binary biological genetic sex results in the immediate violation of the physical integrity of the intersex child... [Read More]
 

Involuntary childlessness: extending fertility treatment to single people and same-sex couples

14 November 2016 - by Dr Geeta Nargund
The World Health Organisation is considering a change to its definition of infertility to include single people and same-sex couples, but there may be a simpler, more common-sense way forward... [Read More]
 

Therapeutic editing of the human genome – Jewish bioethical perspectives

14 November 2016 - by Dr Avi Lerner
Jewish bioethics may help to broaden the discussion of the ethical concerns that emerge from editing the human genome... [Read More]
 

Does gamete donation need an overhaul?

07 November 2016 - by Anthony Bagshawe
The closure of the National Sperm Bank is disappointing, but we must now ask how we can change the gamete-donation process to make it easier to attract sufficient numbers of donors... [Read More]
 

Old drugs: new eggs?

07 November 2016 - by Bethany Muller and Dr Roger Sturmey
Ten years ago, the claim that treatment with cancer drugs can 'grow new eggs' would have been met with incredulity. But a recent study has raised the possibility that ovarian stem cells may be capable of providing new eggs in later life... [Read More]
 

Frozen Assets? Preserving Sperm, Eggs and Embryos

31 October 2016 - by Sarah Norcross
The Progress Educational Trust's event on preserving fertility was held in Edinburgh on 25 October... [Read More]
 

The British Fertility Society – committed to providing good information for patients

31 October 2016 - by Professor Adam Balen
There is a lack of reliable information in the public domain for patients and their families, as well as an array of misleading and confusing information, but the British Fertility Society aims to counter this with impartial advice and information... [Read More]
 

Birth Certificates and Assisted Reproduction: Setting the Record Straight?

24 October 2016 - by Daniel Malynn
This event explored how can the law deal with the multiple-parent families created by donor conception and surrogacy, and asked: 'What makes someone a parent, and how should a birth certificate reflect that?'... [Read More]
 

Should prenatal DNA testing for Down's syndrome be available online?

24 October 2016 - by Craig Macpherson
Several online companies now offer non-invasive prenatal testing for Down's syndrome. While there are some protections for consumers, they are currently insufficient... [Read More]
 

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]
 

1/64

Published by the Progress Educational Trust


RETHINKING THE ETHICS OF EMBRYO RESEARCH
Genome Editing, 14 Days and Beyond

Public Conference
London
7 December 2016

Speakers include

Professor Magdalena Zernicka-Goetz

Dr Kathy Niakan

Professor Sir Ian Wilmut

Lord George Carey

Baroness Mary Warnock

Dr Simon Fishel

Professor Bruce Whitelaw

Professor Alison Murdoch

Professor David Jones

Professor Sarah Franklin

Professor Stephen Wilkinson

BOOK HERE

Good Fundraising Code
 
Become a Friend of PET HERE and give the Progress Educational Trust a regular donation