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Asthma link to increased need for fertility treatment
18 September 2017 - by Dr Lanay Griessner
Women with asthma are more likely to undergo fertility treatment than those without the disease, suggests new research... [Read More]
Australian court mulls woman's bid to use dead boyfriend's sperm
18 September 2017 - by Shaoni Bhattacharya
An Australian court is considering whether a woman can use her dead partner's sperm to have a baby... [Read More]
Brain has 'genetic calendar' for ageing
18 September 2017 - by Annabel Slater
A 'genetic lifespan calendar' of lifelong gene expression changes has been discovered in human and mouse brains... [Read More]




Tough times should not affect access to fertility treatments in Northern Ireland
18 September 2017 - by Michelle Rodgers
In 1948, UK health secretary Aneurin Bevan spearheaded the creation of the National Health Service with the aim of providing healthcare access to all, irrespective of a patient's financial situation. The NHS has since become the world's largest publicly funded health service... [Read More]
What does consent mean for Generation Genome?
18 September 2017 - by Professor Becki Bennett
A public event held on 11 September 2017, Manchester by the Progress Educational Trust. [Read More]
Costs of IVF in Australia: Downward trends shall continue
11 September 2017 - by Professor Alan Trounson and Dr Karin Hammarberg
In Australia, almost four percent of children are born as a result of assisted reproductive technologies. The comparatively high rate of ART use is in part due to costs being covered by the taxpayer-funded health insurance scheme, Medicare... [Read More]




Book Review: How to Code a Human
18 September 2017 - by Mikey Lebrett
Genomics may herald a bright future - for those who understand it. But what about those who do not? Dr Kat Arney's new book 'How to Code a Human' is a beautiful example of how complicated genetic topics can be simplified and clarified to make them understandable and enjoyable for the least-scientific of readers.... [Read More]
Book Review: Stem Cell Dialogues: A Philosophical and Scientific Inquiry into Medical Frontiers
11 September 2017 - by Isobel Steer
Is using and destroying a human embryo for medical research ethical? This question is constantly considered in our newspapers, courtrooms and research labs. You almost certainly have an opinion on it... [Read More]
Podcast Review: Editing the Embryo - removing harmful gene mutations
04 September 2017 - by Eleanor Taylor
As a scientist working in a fertility clinic, my normal everyday work routine is occasionally punctuated by the ripple effect that occurs when reports of a new groundbreaking reproductive technology enters the public consciousness. I am soon inundated with questions... [Read More]

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