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The Fertility Show, Manchester Central, 24-25 March 2018

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CRISPR pioneer's lab develops system to target infections and cancer
19 February 2018 - by Rikita Patel
Researchers have found a new use for CRISPR, adapting the system to detect viral infections with high accuracy, a new study finds... [Read More]
DNA nanorobots help shrink tumours in mice
19 February 2018 - by Dr Molly Godfrey
Nanorobots made of DNA, that can target and kill tumours in mouse cancer models, have been developed by scientists... [Read More]
Fathers may pass ovarian cancer risk to daughters
19 February 2018 - by Dr Rosie Gilchrist
Scientists have identified a new gene for ovarian cancer risk that may be passed down from fathers to their daughters... [Read More]




We need progress in French ART law
19 February 2018 - by Catherine Rongieres
The first law on Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) was passed in France in 1994 as part of the so-called 'bioethics legislation', which followed other European countries' legislation, such as the UK's 1990 Human Fertilisation and Embryology act. France's law which placed much tighter constraints on individuals access to ARTs than the UK... [Read More]
A scramble for headlines or an optimistic (sunny side up) contribution to research on fertility preservation?
12 February 2018 - by Professor Robin Lovell-Badge
The problem of fertility preservation for girls and women undergoing cancer treatments has been a subject of research for many decades. The recent study by McLaughlin and colleagues from Professor Evelyn Telfer's lab at the University of Edinburgh, UK, is aimed at finding a solution to this problem, with the claim that they have produced mature human egg cells in the lab for the first time... [Read More]
Beyond the Mediterranean diet: Improving IVF success in women with higher BMI
05 February 2018 - by Dr Thanos Papathanasiou
Being a healthy weight, eating a varied diet with plenty of fruit and vegetables, taking regular exercise and cutting alcohol – is all good advice for everyone. But the direct influence on these factors on the fertility of both men and women, highlighted this week by a study suggesting a 'Mediterranean diet' in women can boost IVF success rates is now becoming better understood... [Read More]




Board Game Review: The Genomics Game
19 February 2018 - by Jean Bvumbe
It's not often you get to play board games at work. Recently at Guy's Hospital in London, the research nurse team were delighted to try out The Genomics Game, released by the NHS's Genomics Education Programme... [Read More]
Book Review: The Ethics of Pregnancy, Abortion and Childbirth - Exploring Moral Choices in Childbearing
12 February 2018 - by Dr Anna Smajdor
Academics have written at length on the ethics of reproductive technologies, abortion and speculative possibilities such as reproductive cloning. But pregnancy itself up until recently has been a somewhat neglected topic... [Read More]
Book Review: The Telomere Effect - A Revolutionary Approach to Living Younger, Healthier, Longer
05 February 2018 - by Dr Jess Buxton
We are already into the second month of 2018, so if you made New Year's resolutions then the chances are that, like me, you've long ditched them – especially any regarding your health. It seems that changing old habits is hard, even those that we know will increase our risk of succumbing to disease and disability... [Read More]

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