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Australia ART guidelines oppose baby sex selection
24 April 2017 - by Dr Jane Currie
Australia has maintained a ban on sex selection for non-medical reasons, in revised guidelines on assisted reproductive technologies (ART) published this month... [Read More]
Europe's first gene therapy withdrawn
24 April 2017 - by Kulraj Singh Bhangra
A million-dollar gene therapy treatment for a rare blood disease will be withdrawn from the European market due to lack of demand... [Read More]
High Court rejects fertility clinic challenge to HFEA website
24 April 2017 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza
A claim for judicial review that sought to challenge changes to the way the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) presents data about UK fertility clinics on its website has failed... [Read More]




Is there a right to genetic affinity with one's children?
24 April 2017 - by Dr Megan Allyse
Assisted reproduction returned to the international spotlight last month, when Singapore's highest court penalised a fertility centre that had mistakenly fertilised a woman's eggs with the wrong sperm. The woman and her husband sued for compensation equal to the cost of raising the child until the age of 21, claiming that the clinic's negligence had caused them to give birth to the 'wrong' child... [Read More]
Mitochondrial replacement techniques, Mexico and the legal unknowns
24 April 2017 - by Dr César Palacios-González
It is not every day that we can examine the details of the first use of a new reproductive technology. But the first live birth of a baby following the use of a mitochondrial replacement technique (MRT) in IVF last year gives a window into just this. The case – with procedures carried out in both the US and Mexico – also raises legal questions... [Read More]
The media, synthetic biology and CRISPR - fears vs. reality
10 April 2017 - by Sean Byrne
A recent Wall Street Journal article, 'DIY Gene Editing: Fast, Cheap — and Worrisome', describes the Saturday afternoon of teenager, Kian Sadeghi, as he learns to use CRISPR/Cas9 at the Genspace Community Lab in Brooklyn, New York. Like many news articles, the main angle of the article is that new science and technology present a problem... [Read More]




TV Review: Having Our Baby - The Surrogacy Boom
24 April 2017 - by Rebecca Carr
'Having our baby: The surrogacy boom' is an informative account of the processes involved in undergoing surrogacy in Canada. The documentary wrangles with the emotional, ethical and legal issues that stem from commissioning a Canadian surrogate, and looks at some of the perverse implications of Canada's criminalisation of commercial surrogacy... [Read More]
Radio Review: Seriously - The Great Egg Freeze
10 April 2017 - by Annabel Slater
The contradictions of the burgeoning egg freezing industry are lucidly demonstrated out in The Great Egg Freeze, a radio documentary by journalist Fi Glover. Part of Radio 4's 'Seriously…' strand of 'quirky, curious and seriously interesting documentaries', the programme packs an impressive range of viewpoints into its 31 minutes, presenting the burgeoning 'social egg freezing' market through the eyes of customers, employers, and medical professionals... [Read More]
Event Review: The future of female fertility? Egg freezing and social change
03 April 2017 - by Jamie Rickman
Can egg freezing be considered a feminist technology? Should we really be addressing the failures of a social fabric that requires women to preserve their fertility at all? This event was an exciting opening to an urgently needed discussion and is the first in a series of 'fertile conversations' that should be eagerly anticipated... [Read More]

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