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Issue 874 (24 October 2016)

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Birth Certificates and Assisted Reproduction: Setting the Record Straight?
24 October 2016 - by Daniel Malynn
This event explored how can the law deal with the multiple-parent families created by donor conception and surrogacy, and asked: 'What makes someone a parent, and how should a birth certificate reflect that?'... [Read More]
Should prenatal DNA testing for Down's syndrome be available online?
24 October 2016 - by Craig Macpherson
Several online companies now offer non-invasive prenatal testing for Down's syndrome. While there are some protections for consumers, they are currently insufficient... [Read More]

News Digest

Artificial sweeteners may reduce fertility
24 October 2016 - by Annabel Slater
Artificial sweeteners found in soft drinks may reduce female fertility, a study suggests... [Read More]
Profession and income affect IVF success
24 October 2016 - by Sarah Pritchard
Female teachers are more likely to conceive during IVF treatment than their peers of a similar age in similarly paid professions, research shows... [Read More]
Embryos from overseas couples 'stuck' in India
24 October 2016 - by Lucas Taylor
Two US couples have filed a petition at the High Court of Bombay to reclaim embryos they transferred into the country before India's ban on international surrogacy arrangements was introduced last year... [Read More]
Functional mouse eggs made from artificial stem cells
24 October 2016 - by Dr Katie Howe
Scientists in Japan are the first to have created live mouse pups from eggs that were made from stem cells... [Read More]
Age does not increase risk of IVF or ICSI birth defects
24 October 2016 - by Lone Hørlyck
Bearing a child at a higher age does not increase risk of birth defects when the woman has received IVF or ICSI treatment to become pregnant, a recent study suggests... [Read More]
WHO considers new definition of infertility that includes being single
24 October 2016 - by Dr Rachel Brown
The World Health Organisation is considering making changes to the definition of infertility to recognise that every individual has the 'right to reproduce'... [Read More]
High stress hormones may predict lower IVF success rate
24 October 2016 - by Nina Chohan
A study has found that women with higher levels of the 'stress hormone' cortisol in their hair are less likely to conceive through IVF than women with lower levels of the hormone... [Read More]
Genetic basis of schizophrenia unfolds
24 October 2016 - by Isobel Steer
Scientists using a new 3D chromosome-mapping technique have uncovered a genetic connection between schizophrenia and early fetal brain development ... [Read More]
Court allows Australian woman to remove deceased boyfriend's sperm
24 October 2016 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza
A woman in Australia has been given permission by the Queensland Supreme Court to extract sperm from her boyfriend after his sudden death... [Read More]


Podcast Review: The Primitive Streak
24 October 2016 - by Anneesa Amjad
In this podcast, Radiolab presenter Molly Webster explores the origins of the 14-day rule – the internationally agreed two-week time constraint on growing embryos in a lab... [Read More]



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