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BioNews, published by the Progress Educational Trust (PET), provides news and comment on genetics, assisted conception, embryo/stem cell research and related areas. You can subscribe to the BioNews email newsletter for free.




BRCA gene does not affect survival in those treated for breast cancer
15 January 2018 - by Hannah Somers
A new study has found that BRCA gene mutations do not affect the survival rates of breast cancer patients under 40... [Read More]
Colorado supreme court to rule on fate of frozen embryos after divorce
15 January 2018 - by Theofanis Michailidis
A divorced couple's legal battle over their frozen embryos has reached the Colorado Supreme Court... [Read More]
Fresh embryos just as good as frozen for women without PCOS
15 January 2018 - by Georgia Everett
Using fresh embryos in IVF gives the same chance of a live birth as using frozen embryos for ovulatory women, according to two new studies... [Read More]




Dry January
15 January 2018 - by Sarah Norcross
A belated Happy New Year to all our BioNews readers. Unfortunately 2018 has not got off to a good start for the Progress Educational Trust... [Read More]
The wild east and the worried west: pioneers or outlaws?
15 January 2018 - by Dr Danielle Griffith
'The Wild East and the Worried West: Pioneers or Outlaws?’ was the third session of the Progress Educational Trust's (PET) Annual Conference 'Crossing Frontiers: Moving the Boundaries of Human Reproduction'... [Read More]
What next for genome editing? Politics and the public
15 January 2018 - by Eleanor Taylor
The ever-expanding limits of human reproduction are creating complex ethical and political challenges. One topic that has generated much contention is the possibility of editing the genome of human embryos... [Read More]




Book Review: Making Friends with your Fertility
15 January 2018 - by Susan Tranfield
The entire landscape of human fertility, from puberty to menopause, is the uncharted territory we tread from adolescence to middle age and sometimes beyond. It is a heady mixture of hormones, reproductive functions and barely acknowledged social and emotional narratives played out against our own and familial expectations... [Read More]
Event Review: The ethics and regulation of in vitro gametogenesis (IVG)
08 January 2018 - by Sarah Carter-Walshaw
IVG involves the use of stem cells to create sperm and egg cells in vitro, which can then be used to produce embryos. It is a technique that could provide a fertility treatment option for people who currently cannot have their own genetically related children – including infertile individuals or couples, older women, and same-sex couples... [Read More]
Radio Review: PM - Our Fertility Journey
11 December 2017 - by Eleanor Taylor
Despite concerted efforts to reduce the stigma surrounding fertility struggles, there still appears to be a 'facelessness' to this incredibly common issue, which suggests that fertility is still very much a taboo subject... [Read More]

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