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DNA (genetic) profiling/fingerprinting

A laboratory technique used to match samples of DNA (for example in forensics) or to establish the relationship between two people (for example in paternity testing).



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US lesbian couple's parental rights upheld after sperm donor asserts paternity

29 January 2018 - by Sam Sherratt

A New York appeal court has ruled that a man who donated sperm to a lesbian couple has no legal right to demand a paternity test for the resulting child... [Read More]

US fertility doctor receives no jail time for using his own sperm in clinic

18 December 2017 - by Theofanis Michailidis

A retired fertility doctor who used his own sperm to inseminate patients will not be jailed for his actions... [Read More]

US surrogate fights for own genetic baby

06 November 2017 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza

A US surrogate has been united with her genetic child who she carried alongside the intended parents' embryo in an apparent case of superfetation... 

US fertility doctor accused of using own sperm changes plea

30 October 2017 - by Sarah Pritchard

A retired US fertility doctor accused of using his own sperm to inseminate patients at his clinic will plead guilty to misleading investigators... [Read More]

No legal father for IVF baby, rules Georgia Supreme Court

16 October 2017 - by Dr Rachel Brown

A ruling by the Supreme Court in Georgia has stated a child born following IVF has no legal father, potentially setting a precedent for other similar cases in the future... [Read More]

Dutch sperm donor may have fathered 102 children

29 August 2017 - by Jennifer Willows

A man is being investigated in the Netherlands after claims he fathered over 100 children through sperm donation... [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]

Donor-conceived people do benefit from being told about their conception

30 May 2017 - by Professor Eric Blyth, Dr Marilyn Crawshaw, Iolanda Rodino, and Dr Petra Thorn

Professor Guido Pennings' provocatively entitled BioNews commentary 'Donor children do not benefit from being told about their conception' purports to highlight the shortcomings of existing research supporting a pro-disclosure agenda and castigates counsellors and researchers who advocate parental disclosure... [Read More]

DNA tests spot returning lung cancer a year before scans

02 May 2017 - by Dr Loredana Guglielmi

Blood tests for tumour DNA could predict relapse of the most common type of lung cancer up to one year before clinical signs show up on patient's scans... [Read More]

Baroness Warnock receives top award in the New Year's Honours List

09 January 2017 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza

Patron of the Progress Educational Trust, Baroness Mary Warnock, has been awarded the highest honour in the New Year's Honours list 2017, having been made a Companion of Honour for her 'services to charity and children with special educational needs'... [Read More]

Sperm mix-up involving 26 women at Dutch IVF clinic

09 January 2017 - by Georgia Everett

A Dutch IVF clinic is currently under investigation after it came to light that dozens of its patients might have been fertilised by the wrong sperm – half of whom are pregnant or have already given birth... [Read More]

Canadian fertility doctor accused of using own sperm to impregnate patients

07 November 2016 - by Ryan Ross

A Canadian fertility doctor is facing a class action lawsuit by the families of some of his former patients, who allege that he used his own sperm in donor-conception procedures without their knowledge or consent... [Read More]

US fertility doctor accused of impregnating patients with his own sperm

19 September 2016 - by Annabel Slater

A retired fertility doctor in the US has been accused of using his own sperm to fertilise the eggs of patients at a fertility clinic... [Read More]

How personal genomics spells the end of donor anonymity

03 May 2016 - by Professor Joyce Harper, Debbie Kennett and Dr Dan Reisel

With the rise of consumer genetic testing, it is now possible for people to accidentally discover that they were conceived using donor eggs or sperm and for donors who thought they were anonymous to be traced by their offspring... [Read More]

Man fails paternity test due to passing on unborn twin's DNA

02 November 2015 - by Jessica Richardson

A man discovered he was not the genetic father of his child, due to a rare form of chimerism that means some of his cells carry a genome belonging to an unborn twin who died in the womb... [Read More]

Squealing on DNA: the law and secondary uses of genetic information

30 March 2015 - by Professor Nils Hoppe

One of the legally and ethically problematic issues regularly debated in the context of biobanks and tissue repositories is that of its potential for forensic use. When Anna Lindh (the Swedish foreign minister) was murdered in 2003, her killer was subsequently identified by way of matching DNA traces found at the crime scene with data contained on the killer's Guthrie card... [Read More]

Man accused of fathering 12 surrogate babies in Thailand

26 August 2014 - by Jessica Ware

A Japanese businessman may have fathered up to 15 children using Thai surrogates, 12 of whom remain in Thailand.... [Read More]

DNA sequencing has TB in its sights

16 September 2013 - by James Brooks

Scientists have shown how to map tuberculosis outbreaks using DNA sequencing, an advance that could lead to quicker, more effective responses to the potentially lethal bug... [Read More]

US Supreme Court allows DNA swabs of people under arrest

10 June 2013 - by Ruth Retassie

The US Supreme Court has ruled that the police are allowed to collect DNA from people they arrest... [Read More]

Podcast: Being - The Donor-Conceived Perspective

22 April 2013 - by James Brooks

A podcast produced as part of the When It Takes More Than Two project organised by the Progress Educational Trust... [Read More]

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