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France to recognise surrogate children
06 July 2015 - by Kirsty Oswald
One of France's highest courts ruled on Friday that children born to surrogates abroad have the right to have their births and citizenship recognised by the state... [Read More]

Gene therapy for cystic fibrosis shows promise
06 July 2015 - by Dr Nicoletta Charolidi
A new gene therapy technique for treating cystic fibrosis has shown potential in a new study... [Read More]

Increased genetic diversity has led to taller, more intelligent population
06 July 2015 - by Dr Katie Howe
A large-scale review of genetic data from a number of different studies has suggested that diverse parental genes can lead to offspring who are taller and have increased cognitive ability... [Read More]





When sperm banking went crackers
06 July 2015 - by Professor Allan Pacey
When I was first telephoned by a journalist to ask what I thought about the proposal that the NHS should pay for the sperm banking of every 18-year-old male in order to guard against reproductive ageing, I said just one word: 'Crackers!'... [Read More]

The need for UK surrogacy law reform
29 June 2015 - by Rebecca Carr
Last month, in a judgment that was hailed as the first of its kind, High Court judge Ms Justice Russell ordered a mother to hand over her child to a gay couple... [Read More]

Who's advising the government on human genetics?
29 June 2015 - by Dr Alice Maynard
I served on the Human Genetics Commission as a lay member from 2006 to 2012, and found exploring new developments in this area fascinating... [Read More]





Radio Review: Should We Be Banking on Birmingham?
06 July 2015 - by Ceri Durham
Banking on Birmingham: the National Sperm Bank was a half-hour documentary on BBC Radio 4 that looked at the opening of a new national British sperm bank in Birmingham... [Read More]

Theatre Review: The Waiting Room
22 June 2015 - by Jane Morris
It takes an ambitious and courageous playwright to take on the challenging and emotive subject of IVF. Some may even regard it as foolish to delve into a topic that combines science, religion, politics and ethics... [Read More]

Radio Review: Woman's Hour/Drawing the Line - When IVF Doesn't Work
15 June 2015 - by Sarah Pritchard
How do couples who have undergone unsuccessful cycles of IVF decide when enough is enough? Should people try to set a personal 'limit' of cycles before treatment begins? And what support is out there if treatment doesn't work?... [Read More]

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