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Glossary

IVF (in vitro fertilisation)

IVF (in vitro fertilisation) is a treatment for infertility, in which eggs are removed from a woman's body, fertilised with sperm in a laboratory, then returned to the womb shortly afterwards to continue developing.



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Older fathers may have less success with IVF

03 July 2017 - by Shaoni Bhattacharya

The success of IVF in women under the age of 40 may be affected by the age of their male partners, suggests a US study... [Read More]

Bristol hospital IVF unit to close

26 June 2017 - by Dr Kimberley Bryon-Dodd

From November 2017, patients will no longer be able to receive IVF at the Bristol Centre for Reproductive Medicine, Southmead Hospital... [Read More]

Controversial doctor to use MRT technique for over 40s fertility

19 June 2017 - by Shaoni Bhattacharya

The fertility doctor who led the team which produced the world's first baby through mitochondrial replacement therapy is now looking to use the same technique in a commercial venture... [Read More]

Trial starts for Australian nurse in Cambodia surrogacy case

19 June 2017 - by Ryan Ross

The trial of a nurse accused of running an illegal overseas surrogacy service began in Cambodia last week... [Read More]

Flushed with success, but we will still need IVF

12 June 2017 - by Stuart Lavery and George Christopoulos

The recent study from Dreyer et al examining the chance of natural pregnancy following hysterosalpingography has provoked a significant amount of interest in the lay press, with suggestions that this well established diagnostic fertility test could be offered therapeutically and be considered as an alternative to IVF... [Read More]

Dutch court rules donor families can test fertility doctor's DNA

05 June 2017 - by Dr Rachel Brown

A court in the Netherlands has ruled that DNA tests can be performed on items belonging to a deceased fertility clinic director accused of using his own sperm for fertility treatments... [Read More]

TV Review: Quadruplets and Homeless

30 May 2017 - by Dr Jane Currie

A moving love story, but a missed opportunity to explore ethical issues in IVF... [Read More]

100-year-old method to flush fallopian tubes may cut need for IVF

22 May 2017 - by Dr Katie Howe

Flushing the fallopian tubes of infertile women with poppyseed oil increases their chances of conceiving, according to a new study... [Read More]

If you could alter the characteristics of future generations, would you do it?

22 May 2017 - by Dr Peter Mills

The Nuffield Council on Bioethics is seeking views on the reproductive uses of genome editing in humans. Regular readers of BioNews will know that genome editing (including with the CRISPR-Cas9 technique) offers a way of making precisely targeted modifications to DNA in living cells, harnessing the cells’ inbuilt repair mechanisms to repair a deliberate, double-stranded DNA break in a way that may either disable or introduce a functional DNA sequence... [Read More]

Book Review: Experiments in Democracy - Human Embryo Research and the Politics of Bioethics

15 May 2017 - by Rachel Siden

Experiments in Democracy recounts the history of human embryo research debates in the United States while exploring how the democratic formulation of policy is impacted by complex relationships between science, bioethics, and the public... [Read More]

First womb transplants in India set to proceed under different approvals

15 May 2017 - by Georgia Everett

A hospital in India is preparing this week to conduct the country’s first ever womb transplant... [Read More]

Walking on eggshells? The morally complex practice of egg sharing

15 May 2017 - by Dr Nicky Hudson

BioNews recently reported on the Daily Mail investigation of a so-called 'cash for eggs' scandal which suggested women on low incomes are induced to provide eggs for use in the fertility treatment of others. The coverage, which prompting swift responses from the field, may shock some readers... [Read More]

Daily Mail misses the mark on fertility

08 May 2017 - by Professor Adam Balen

Last week the Daily Mail published an undercover investigation into certain aspects of IVF practice in the UK. Whilst this has highlighted some issues, unfortunately the meaning of published statistics has been misinterpreted and certain aspects of the investigation have been given far more weight than is just. Rather than serving the public good, this has the potential to leave vulnerable patients scared and confused.

Financial interests and the IVF industry: the Australian case

08 May 2017 - by Dr Jane Williams

Australia's key body for medical research released a new set of ethical guidelines last month on the use of Assisted Reproduction Technologies with a welcome and unusual surprise: a section on conflicts of interest... [Read More]

HFEA to investigate claims of poor practice in UK fertility sector

08 May 2017 - by Shaoni Bhattacharya

The UK's fertility regulator, the HFEA, says it will be investigating a series of allegations concerning the fertility industry made by the Daily Mail newspaper last week... [Read More]

Babies born through IVF have higher cancer rates

02 May 2017 - by Dr Rachel Brown

Children born through IVF are at an increased risk of some childhood cancers, suggests a new study... [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]

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... [Read More]

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Events using this Glossary Item

Futures in Reproduction
15 December 2012  Churchill College, Cambridge CB3 0DS, UK
A conference celebrating the award of the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine to Professor Sir Robert Edwards...
Bob Edwards and IVF: The Early Years
08 March 2011 5pm Faculty of Law, University of Cambridge, 10 West Road, Cambridge CB3 9DZ, UK
A discussion about the early life and work of Professor Robert Edwards, introduced by Professor Martin Johnson...
Genetic Testing in the 21st Century: Should We Screen the Human Embryonic Genome before Implantation?
08 March 2011 1.15pm-1.55pm Darwin Lecture Theatre, Darwin Building, University College London, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT
A presentation by Dr Joyce Harper to mark International Women's Day...
Congenital Uterine Anomalies and Reproductive Outcome
20 November 2009 
A course for clinicians working in gynaecology, reproductive surgery and assisted reproduction...
IVF Preceptorship: Assisted Reproductive Technology - Current Practice In The 21st Century
13 November 2009  IVI Madrid-Aravaca, 68-70 Avenida del Talgo, Madrid-Aravaca 28023, Spain
A course that provides up-to-date knowledge of IVF procedures and skills useful in IVF practice...
Reproductive Medicine: Causes and Treatment of Infertility
10 September 2009  Institute of Physics, 76 Portland Place, London W1B 1NT, UK
An event addressing current issues and latest developments in fertility, clinical embryology and reproductive biology...
Meeting for Persons Responsible and Senior Staff
03 September 2009 9am-4.30pm Chandos House, 2 Queen Anne Street, London W1G 9LQ, UK
A meeting for Persons Responsible and senior staff at fertility clinics...


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