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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.




23 new genes linked to cancer spread
16 January 2017 - by Dr Loredana Guglielmi
Researchers have identified 23 genes that are linked to metastasis – the spread of cancer cells to other parts of the body... [Read More]
Discussion of ethics of new IVG technique is needed, say US experts
16 January 2017 - by Annabel Slater
Three US experts say public conversation should begin now on the ethical challenges raised by a new fertility technology that could reprogram any human cell into eggs and sperm... [Read More]
First pregnant man in UK through sperm donation
16 January 2017 - by Lone Hørlyck
A 20-year-old man, who was originally born female, is the first in the UK to become pregnant through sperm donation after the NHS refused to pay for egg freezing... [Read More]




Professor Sir Ian Wilmut in conversation with Dr Roger Highfield
16 January 2017 - by Dr Kirsty Horsey
The third session of the Progress Educational Trust's annual conference featured Professor Sir Ian Wilmut in conversation with Roger Highfield, former Telegraph science editor and now Director of External Affairs for the Science Museum Group... [Read More]
Should the 14-day limit on human embryo research be extended?
09 January 2017 - by Baroness Mary Warnock
As the Progress Educational Trust's Patron, Baroness Mary Warnock, is made a Companion of Honour in the New Year Honours List 2017, she offers her thoughts on whether the 14-day limit on human embryo research (which she originally proposed in 1984) should be extended... [Read More]
The 14-day rule: calling time on embryo research
09 January 2017 - by Dr Valerie Shaikly
The second session of the Progress Educational Trust's annual conference 'Rethinking the Ethics of Embryo Research: Genome Editing, 14 Days and Beyond', looked at new embryo images that have potential to challenge the 14-day rule and discussed the potential benefits of extending the rule beyond the existing time limit... [Read More]




Podcast Review: Big Unknowns – can we stop ageing?
16 January 2017 - by Matthew Thomas
Is ageing inevitable, or can it be stopped? The Guardian Science Weekly podcast explored the latest thinking in the science of ageing... [Read More]
Book Review: Avalanche – A Love Story
09 January 2017 - by Rebecca Carr
Avalanche is a courageous and intimate account of Australian novelist Julia Leigh's attempts to have a child through IVF... [Read More]
Video Review: Do kids think of sperm donors as family?
09 January 2017 - by Lucas Taylor
The question of who constitutes family is a modern philosophical quandary. Given the debate in this area, Veerle Provoost's TED talk is quite topical... [Read More]

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