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Glossary

HFEA (Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority)

A UK non-departmental public body established by an Act of Parliament in 1990, which regulates treatment using eggs and sperm, and treatment and research involving human embryos. It sets standards for, and issues licences to, fertility treatment and embryo research centres.



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Embryo adoption in the US: Any lessons for the UK?

06 November 2017 - by Dr Lucy Frith, Dr Steve Lui and Professor Eric Blyth

Once a couple or individual has finished their fertility treatment, the question of what to do with any remaining frozen embryos is often perceived as a difficult decision. There are, broadly, four options to choose from... [Read More]

Life after death - a woman's victory in having her deceased husband's children

30 October 2017 - by Professor Eric Blyth

A public event held on 24 October 2017 at the University of Sheffield by the Progress Educational Trust... [Read More]

Human embryos donated for research: a gift that goes on giving

16 October 2017 - by Dr Kay Elder

Successful IVF treatment crucially depends on the culture systems used, which must provide an optimal environment for healthy embryo development. Yet most embryos arrest in culture; human embryo culture has long been based upon research into animal systems... [Read More]

First genome editing of human embryos by UK scientists

25 September 2017 - by Paul Waldron

UK scientists have successfully edited the genome of human embryos to study the role of a gene key to the earliest stages of development... [Read More]

Podcast Review: The Life Scientific - Jennifer Doudna

25 September 2017 - by Rikita Patel

The new era of gene technology presents an exciting approach to treat deleterious, inherited genetic conditions. Presenter Jim Al-Khalili talks to Professor Jennifer Doudna, from her early life to her research into molecular biology, to the development of the CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing system... [Read More]

We need to talk about... CRISPR

21 August 2017 - by Giulia Cavaliere

Picture this - it's the last day in the office before the summer holidays, you're looking forward to some sunshine and warmth, email auto-response set, and all ready to go. Then, all of a sudden: the news... [Read More]

Disease-causing mutation edited out of human embryos

07 August 2017 - by Charlotte Spicer

Scientists have published their study confirming they are the first to correct a disease-causing mutation in human embryos using genome editing... [Read More]

US lab may have edited human embryos for first time

31 July 2017 - by Charlotte Spicer

Scientists in the US may have successfully used genome editing in human embryos to correct disease mutations, according to a report by MIT Technology Review... [Read More]

A new service for fertility patients

17 July 2017 - by Juliet Tizzard

The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) has just launched its new website. With a fresh, clear design the site is designed to help patients navigate a stressful and often overwhelming journey by providing friendly, impartial information... [Read More]

Safety matters – can we be sure that CRISPR-Cas9 is not producing unwanted genetic alterations?

03 July 2017 - by Dr Dusko Ilic

Recent debate over the safety of CRISPR-Cas9 genome editing following a study that suggested it can cause hundreds of unexpected mutations left me puzzled... [Read More]

Leading figures in genetics and fertility recognised in Queen's Birthday Honours

26 June 2017 - by Sandy Starr

Foremost among them is Professor Sir John Sulston, who played a central role in the Human Genome Project and founded the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute... [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]

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]

TV Review: The Good Fight - Henceforth Known as Property

02 May 2017 - by Anthony Ryb

US spin-off legal drama 'The Good Fight' delivers a brief storyline when representing an ovarian cancer survivor whose only chance of genetic connection to a child is by gaining back custody of her previously donated eggs.

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]

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]

Fertility treatment add-ons: do they add up?

03 April 2017 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza

The controversial issue of IVF 'add-ons' – techniques and treatments offered to fertility patients on top of standard IVF – has been the subject of intense debate and media attention since last November's BBC Panorama's documentary, which claimed that many techniques advertised on fertility clinics websites were not backed up by good scientific evidence of success... [Read More]

Prohibiting sperm donor anonymity in the US and possible effects on recruitment and compensation

03 April 2017 - by Andrew Hellman and Professor Glenn Cohen

Many children conceived using donor sperm or eggs want to know their biological parents. In the US, some clinics make the identity of the sperm donor available to a donor-conceived child at age 18. Most intending parents, though, choose sperm donation programs that do not reveal the identities of the sperm donors – so-called 'anonymous sperm donation'... [Read More]

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