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100-year-old method to flush fallopian tubes may cut need for IVF
22 May 2017 - by Dr Katie Howe
Flushing the fallopian tubes of infertile women with poppyseed oil increases their chances of conceiving, according to a new study... [Read More]
Ancestry owns genetic information of customers and their relatives
22 May 2017 - by Jennifer Willows
Customers of Ancestry's consumer DNA tests may be unaware of what they have signed away, a US lawyer has suggested... [Read More]
Blood stem cells produced in the lab for the first time
22 May 2017 - by Paul Waldron
In two different studies, US scientists have succeeded in creating the stem cells which produce blood... [Read More]




Australia upholds the ban on sex selection: a partial victory in an ongoing struggle
22 May 2017 - by Dr Tereza Hendl
Australia recently saw important developments in the field of assisted reproductive technologies, as the National Health and Medical Research Council released its revision of the Part B of the Ethical Guidelines on the Use of Assisted Reproductive Technology in Clinical Practice and Research. Among other topics, this section is concerned with the regulation of sex selection... [Read More]
Donation is a hot topic
22 May 2017 - by Sarah Norcross
Last week we published the 900th edition of BioNews, we used this landmark achievement to put out a call for donations but many of you may have missed this as there was so much reaction to a piece we published on donor conception by Professor Guido Pennings... [Read More]
If you could alter the characteristics of future generations, would you do it?
22 May 2017 - by Dr Peter Mills
The Nuffield Council on Bioethics is seeking views on the reproductive uses of genome editing in humans. Regular readers of BioNews will know that genome editing (including with the CRISPR-Cas9 technique) offers a way of making precisely targeted modifications to DNA in living cells, harnessing the cells’ inbuilt repair mechanisms to repair a deliberate, double-stranded DNA break in a way that may either disable or introduce a functional DNA sequence... [Read More]




Book Review: Telling and Talking about Donor Conception with People Aged 17 and Over - A Guide for Parents
22 May 2017 - by Susan Tranfield
Olivia Montuschi's revised 'Telling and Talking' booklet aims to guide parents of donor conceived children aged 17 or over through the delicate process of disclosure... [Read More]
Book Review: Experiments in Democracy - Human Embryo Research and the Politics of Bioethics
15 May 2017 - by Rachel Siden
Experiments in Democracy recounts the history of human embryo research debates in the United States while exploring how the democratic formulation of policy is impacted by complex relationships between science, bioethics, and the public... [Read More]
Book Review: Without a Doubt - An Irish Couple's Journey Through IVF, Adoption and Surrogacy
15 May 2017 - by Fiona Duffy
When I was first asked to review this book, written by Fiona Whyte and Sean Malone, I can’t say that I was full of enthusiasm at the prospect. I had seen the television documentary, heard some of the radio interviews and the ensuing long discussions concerning the thorny issues raised by the authors... [Read More]

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