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Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis: The Who, the What, the Why and the How

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Biotech companies criticise CRISPR mutation study
19 June 2017 - by Charlotte Spicer
Two major biotech companies have criticised a recent study that claimed CRISPR may cause hundreds of unwanted mutations... [Read More]
Blood test for testicular cancer a step closer
19 June 2017 - by Meetal Solanki
Testing for certain genes could identify men with a ten-fold increased risk of testicular cancer, suggests a new study... [Read More]
Controversial doctor to use MRT technique for over 40s fertility
19 June 2017 - by Shaoni Bhattacharya
The fertility doctor who led the team which produced the world's first baby through mitochondrial replacement therapy is now looking to use the same technique in a commercial venture... [Read More]




The fertility sector should lead the debate on IVF add-ons
19 June 2017 - by Professor Adam Balen
The first in a series of videos filmed at the Progress Educational Trust's recent public debate 'Fertility Treatment Add-Ons: Do They Add Up?'... [Read More]
Flushed with success, but we will still need IVF
12 June 2017 - by Stuart Lavery and George Christopoulos
The recent study from Dreyer et al examining the chance of natural pregnancy following hysterosalpingography has provoked a significant amount of interest in the lay press, with suggestions that this well established diagnostic fertility test could be offered therapeutically and be considered as an alternative to IVF... [Read More]
Genetic disorders: empowering patients and families through information
12 June 2017 - by Arti Patel
'I've got the diagnosis, now what?' is one of the first questions families ask when they contact us at Unique, the UK-based organisation for rare chromosome and genomic disorders... [Read More]




Video Review: What is gene editing and how does it work?
19 June 2017 - by Kess Rowe
Genome editing is currently a hot topic. This is partly because of its promise in potentially treating genetic diseases and improving farmed crops; but also because it raises many ethical debates regarding safety and moral responses to this advancement... [Read More]
Event Review: Exploring the sociology of mitochondrial donation
12 June 2017 - by Dr Cathy Herbrand and Dr Rebecca Dimond
The UK's first symposium to discuss the sociology of mitochondrial disorders and novel reproductive technologies took place on 5 May 2017 in London. The event aimed to develop sociological thought around mitochondrial donation, based on invited contributions from social scientists who have conducted empirical research... [Read More]
Radio Review: One to One - Jane Hill meets Caroline Harding
05 June 2017 - by Arit Udoh
The first of two episodes of the One-to-One programme about people from families affected by genetic diseases: exploring the emotional impact of a family member's diagnosis and how relatives decide whether or not to find out if the condition will also affect them... [Read More]

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