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King's College London - Health: More than a medical matter



A reproductive cell, either the male sperm or the female egg.

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Ethical principles and the HFEA's donation review

- by Professor Stephen Wilkinson

At a public meeting on 19 October, the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) decided to move to a 'flat rate' system of monetary compensation for egg donors. The HFEA also decided to leave the regulations governing egg sharing substantially unchanged. Critics have already raised concerns about the quality of the discussion at the meeting, I want to look at a quite different issue: the use made by the HFEA of the idea of 'ethical principles'... [Read More]

Too many fertility clinics fall short when it comes to counselling

14 April 2014 - by Ruth Wilde and Sophia Parsons

The British Infertility Counselling Association recently collaborated with Infertility Network UK on a short survey to get a snapshot of the patient experience of counselling in licensed centres. The results reveal some worrying findings about both the offer and provision of counselling from clinics... [Read More]

Knowing your donor: How can we best recruit and keep donors?

07 April 2014 - by Dr Ruth Curson

Sadly, there are currently not enough egg and sperm donors in the UK to meet our needs. Recipients are now seeking alternative routes to find donors, either by travelling abroad or from unregulated internet sites: both with the potential for unwanted consequences... [Read More]

High Court rules that widow can keep husband's sperm

10 March 2014 - by Chee Hoe Low

A widow has won a legal battle to keep her late husband's sperm preserved for future use... [Read More]

FDA Advisory Committee weighs up mitochondrial replacement

03 March 2014 - by Chee Hoe Low

The USA's Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is considering whether to allow human clinical trials of mitochondrial replacement, an IVF technique that uses gametes from three people... [Read More]

Putting a 'kilt on Yearworth': Holdich v Lothian Health Board [2013]

27 January 2014 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza

The Outer House of the Court of Session in Scotland has allowed a claim for compensation brought by a man whose sperm may have been damaged by a failure of a storage vessel to proceed to a full trial.... [Read More]

Woman launches legal fight for comatose fiancé's sperm

20 January 2014 - by Ayesha Ahmad

The partner of a man left in a coma after suffering a series of heart attacks is to take her request to obtain and store his sperm to the High Court.... [Read More]

The sperm harvest

13 January 2014 - by Dr Anna Smajdor

Dilemmas relating to the perimortem retrieval and posthumous use of sperm have featured in a number of recent BioNews articles. These cases show us how variable attitudes toward consent may be in different countries... [Read More]

Widow begins fight to keep husband's sperm

09 December 2013 - by María Victoria Rivas Llanos

A woman is seeking an extension in the storage of her late husband's sperm at the UK's High Court... [Read More]

Is mitochondrial replacement therapy eugenic and incompatible with human dignity?

02 December 2013 - by John Appleby, Professor Rosamund Scott and Professor Stephen Wilkinson

A group of European parliamentarians from the Council of Europe recently issued a declaration objecting to the HFEA's policy advice on experimental mitochondrial replacement therapy claiming that MRT is eugenic and inconsistent with human dignity. These are substantial moral claims, ones that deserve closer scrutiny, and it is an interesting and important exercise to consider how successful such arguments are... [Read More]

23 and your sperm donor?

21 October 2013 - by Dr Ruth Stirton

23andMe describes its Inheritance Calculator as an engaging way for their clients to 'dip their toes into genetics' providing an opportunity to explore the 'fun traits like eye colour and muscle performance'[2] that their offspring might inherit.... [Read More]

Recent surrogacy disputes in focus

16 September 2013 - by Louisa Ghevaert

Two recent surrogacy disputes have emerged from Wisconsin, in the United States, and South Africa which highlight the challenging legal and practical issues surrogacy can create.... [Read More]

Informal sperm donation and introduction websites: a case for more regulation?

19 August 2013 - by Haema Sundram

The recent judgment handed down in the case of M v F and H [2013] on 5 July highlights difficulties with regard to legal parentage in cases of informal donor situations, which are not regulated by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA)... [Read More]

Infertility in married couples has declined over last 30 years, says US report

19 August 2013 - by David O'Rourke

A US Government report shows that six percent of married couples in the USA have problems conceiving, down from 8.5 percent in a similar report three decades ago... [Read More]

Book Review: Telling and Talking with Friends and Family/Our Family

19 August 2013 - by Sarah Norcross

These Donor Conception Network booklets can certainly help with preparing to tell friends and family about donor conception, but it's a shame that there is a need for people to be told how to be considerate to others and that there still seems to be a stigma attached to infertility... [Read More]

Event Review: Patients Have the Right for an Anonymous Donor

29 July 2013 - by Sarah Norcross

Given that the Progress Educational Trust (PET) has just completed a project on gamete donation I was more than intrigued about this debate, but was left disappointed... [Read More]

Event Review: New Families and Genetic Identities - Developments in Law, Policy and Research

08 July 2013 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza

Families are complicated and no two are the same. It is often said that assisted reproductive technologies (ART) challenge traditional family models. But what has received less attention to date is how these 'new families' navigate a complex thicket of social, legal and policy norms... [Read More]

Legal update: Informed consent - are you informed?

01 July 2013 - by Marisa Allman

It is a licence condition for all UK fertility clinics that treatment using embryos or donated gametes shall not be provided unless the woman being treated, and any man or woman being treated with her, have been given a suitable opportunity to receive proper counselling and have been provided with relevant information... [Read More]

Sperm donor anonymity: Canadian Supreme Court will not hear woman's appeal

03 June 2013 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza

The Supreme Court of Canada has declined to hear a case brought by a woman conceived by IVF using donated sperm that would have ended donor anonymity in the province. The decision is likely to be the end of a lawsuit that was commenced five years ago.... [Read More]

Your thoughts about donor conception, conditionality and adoption

20 May 2013 - by Sandy Starr

Should gamete donors be allowed to place conditions on who receives their donation? And should those considering having children via donor conception be encouraged to adopt instead?... [Read More]

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Events using this Glossary Item


Running for Answers
16 September 2009  Club Med Athenia, Marathon 19007, Attica, Greece
The 7th European Congress on Reproductive Immunology... [Read More]
Pacific Rim Society for Fertility and Sterility Conference
20 August 2009  Taipei International Convention Centre, 1 Hsin Yi Road, Section 5, Taipei 11049, Taiwan
The 7th Conference of the Pacific Rim Society for Fertility and Sterility... [Read More]

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