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French same-sex couples allowed to adopt children conceived via IVF
29 September 2014 - by James Brooks
France's top civil court, the Court of Cassation, has ruled that children conceived via assisted reproduction overseas can be adopted by same-sex parents... [Read More]

Genomic natives? Young people clued up about whole genome sequencing
29 September 2014 - by BioNews
Young people are surprisingly well-informed about the basics of genetics and thoughtful about the kind of information they'd like to receive from genome studies, results from a international survey suggest... [Read More]

Irish Government drops surrogacy from family law reform
29 September 2014 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza
The Irish Government has removed provisions on surrogacy from draft legislation reforming family law in the country, while including proposals to prohibit anonymous sperm and egg donation.... [Read More]





Mitochondrial donation as a clinical option: A response to Ted Morrow
29 September 2014 - by Professor Frances Flinter
Robust debate about the pros and cons of mitochondrial donation is essential, but the clinical reality of mitochondrial disorders is stark. Couples who have lost a child affected by a serious maternally-inherited mitochondrial disorder may have limited reproductive options... [Read More]

Commissioning decisions reveal the trivialisation of infertility
22 September 2014 - by Vicky Whitehead
In the UK, clinical commissioners seem to view the national recommendations on fertility treatment as a sort of à-la-carte menu from which they can pick and choose; altering the definition of a cycle, the age requirements, the number of cycles available, and the access criteria at will... [Read More]

We must seize the opportunity to set families free of mitochondrial disease
15 September 2014 - by Geoff Brindle
It is every parent's nightmare to lose a son or daughter, whatever age they may be; particularly when it is to an illness or disease for which there is no treatment or cure... [Read More]





Theatre Review: Breeders
29 September 2014 - by Daniel Malynn
This fast-paced comedy written by Ben Ockrent and directed by Tamara Harvey boasts an impressive cast, and deals with its themes in an honest and intelligent way... [Read More]

Radio Review: Mum and Dad and Mum
22 September 2014 - by Dr Cathy Herbrand
Following a backbench debate in the House of Commons on mitochondrial donation on 1 September, BBC Radio 4 explored some of the issues raised by these high profile techniques aimed at preventing the transmission of mitochondrial disorders... [Read More]

Game Review: Spermania - The Race for Life
15 September 2014 - by Chris Baldacci
This little app for Android has been getting a bit of hype because (a) it’s kind of about sex (snigger like a seven-year-old) (b) it was designed by PinchPoint, based in Ramallah, Palestine (do concerned Guardian-reader face)... [Read More]

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