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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.




Aspirin's anti-cancer actions depend on individual genetic make-up
23 March 2015 - by Rhys Baker
Whether or not aspirin reduces a person's risk of bowel cancer could all be down to their genetic make-up, according to a US study... [Read More]

Embryo gene-editing is unsafe and unethical, say gene-editing scientists
23 March 2015 - by Meghna Kataria
Scientists have called for a worldwide moratorium on the use of the gene-editing technique CRISPR/Cas9 in human embryos and germ cells... [Read More]

IVF culture media may influence sex of embryo
23 March 2015 - by Sophie McLachlan
The nutrient-filled liquid used to grow embryos during IVF might affect the resulting male to female birth ratio, a study suggests... [Read More]





Lost in translation? Converting statutory criteria into clinic practice
23 March 2015 - by Marisa Allman
The recent case of X v Y v CRM highlights the potential legal difficulties for children born via assisted conception of clinic error. A recent audit by the HFEA discovered that 50 out of 75 clinics nationwide reported anomalies in respect of the signing or keeping of forms for legal parenthood... [Read More]

Modern families: The kids are alright!
23 March 2015 - by Professor Susan Golombok
The spat between Dolce & Gabbana and Elton John – apart from raising the somewhat baffling question of what exactly are 'chemical' babies? – highlights the more pertinent question of what are the consequences of IVF, surrogacy and other forms of assisted reproduction for parents and children... [Read More]

A surrogacy conundrum that didn't need to be
16 March 2015 - by Dr Kirsty Horsey
A single man has become a father. Nothing wrong in this, you might suppose... [Read More]





Event Review: In conversation with Dr Amy Gutmann
23 March 2015 - by Rachel Brown
On 15 March 2015, the Nuffield Council on Bioethics held its annual public lecture, which this year featured political scientist and philosopher Dr Amy Gutmann, chair of the US Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues... [Read More]

TV Review: HARDtalk - Professor Robert Winston
16 March 2015 - by Simon Hazelwood-Smith
This interview started badly for Professor Robert Winston. Within the first four minutes he had branded the concerns of opponents to mitochondrial donation 'trivial', and almost immediately after denied that he had done so... [Read More]

Event Review: Does egg-freezing enable women to 'have it all'?
09 March 2015 - by Rachel Brown
I arrived with some bemusement at this one-hour debate, 'Does egg-freezing enable women to "have it all"', to Beyoncé playing out loudly to an excited lecture theatre... [Read More]

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