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Exome project reveals 3230 disease genes
22 August 2016 - by Dr Barbara Kramarz
More than 3230 genes with the propensity to cause disease have been identified in an analysis of the largest exome dataset yet... [Read More]
IVF more successful for 'white' women
22 August 2016 - by Dr Rosie Gilchrist
White British women are more likely to have a successful pregnancy through IVF or ICSI than women from other ethnicities in the UK, according to a recent study... [Read More]
Judge criticises HFEA consent forms
22 August 2016 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza
A High Court judge has questioned aspects of the consent process for fertility treatment in a ruling in which he made a declaration of parentage in respect of a child born following IVF... [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]




Event Review: Ethical questions in mitochondrial donation
22 August 2016 - by Dr Reuven Brandt
This transnational symposium on mitochondrial donation covered issues ranging from methodological concerns about the development of policy governing mitochondrial donation, to particular ethical puzzles raised by the implementation of the procedures themselves... [Read More]
Book Review: The End of Sex and the Future of Human Reproduction
15 August 2016 - by Dr Peter D Sozou
This book makes a startling prediction – within the next 20 to 40 years, most people with access to good healthcare will no longer have sex to conceive their children. Instead, parents will simply provide a few skin cells as the raw material for production of embryos... [Read More]
Radio Review: 5 Life - The Science and Stories Behind Pregnancy
15 August 2016 - by Dr Jane Currie
This 90-minute radio programme combines the voices of scientists, clinicians and patients to describe the medical, technical and emotional elements involved in infertility and miscarriage... [Read More]

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