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Funding for IVF in England 'bleak'
26 September 2016 - by Lone Hørlyck
Thirteen Clinical Commissioning Groups are considering making cuts to IVF funding, potentially removing the procedure on the NHS in some areas... [Read More]
Gene therapy could prevent breast cancer from spreading
26 September 2016 - by Ebtehal Moussa
A new gene therapy technique using microRNAs has successfully prevented the spread of breast cancer in mice... [Read More]
National gene bank opens in China
26 September 2016 - by Ayala Ochert
China has opened a national gene bank that could ultimately be the world's biggest, eventually housing 300 million genetic samples... [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]
Testing, Testing 1, 2, 3: PGS and PGD
26 September 2016 - by Dr Nicoletta Charolidi
There was a captivating debate around the emerging genetic choices, legal framework and ethical issues from the use of PGS (pre-implantation genetic screening) and PGD (pre-implantation genetic diagnosis) at this event produced by the Progress Educational Trust (PET)... [Read More]




TV Review – Fertility & Me
26 September 2016 - by Dr Kimberley Bryon-Dodd
The One Show's Alex Jones explores her own fertility and looks at the emotional and financial costs of IVF, while also examining the technological and medical advances that may help more people become parents in the future... [Read More]
Radio Review: Personalised Medicine – Dose by Design
19 September 2016 - by Rhys Baker
Personalised Medicine. A promise of medical treatment tailored to the individual. A promise that has been decades in the delivery. But now, as such treatment appears to be within reach, will the dream be dashed by bureaucracy, inertia and funding crises?... [Read More]
Book Review: The Gene – An Intimate History
12 September 2016 - by Sarah Gregory
'The Gene: An Intimate History' is the latest book from Pulitzer Prize-winning author Siddhartha Mukherjee. Taking a similar approach to his previous work 'The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer', Mukherjee interweaves his personal history with a comprehensive and extensive review of the history of genetic research... [Read More]

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