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The Fertility Show, Manchester Central, 24-25 March 2018


Issue 876 (07 November 2016)

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Does gamete donation need an overhaul?
07 November 2016 - by Anthony Bagshawe
The closure of the National Sperm Bank is disappointing, but we must now ask how we can change the gamete-donation process to make it easier to attract sufficient numbers of donors... [Read More]
Old drugs: new eggs?
07 November 2016 - by Bethany Muller and Dr Roger Sturmey
Ten years ago, the claim that treatment with cancer drugs can 'grow new eggs' would have been met with incredulity. But a recent study has raised the possibility that ovarian stem cells may be capable of providing new eggs in later life... [Read More]

News Digest

Surrogate refuses to give consent for parental order
07 November 2016 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza
A surrogate has refused to give her consent for the parents of twins to become the children's legal parents, even though she and her husband are not seeking any active involvement in the children's upbringing... [Read More]
Zika virus damages mouse testes and sperm
07 November 2016 - by Dr Barbara Kramarz
Zika virus causes permanent damage to the testes of male mice, reducing sperm count and sex hormone levels, according to a study... [Read More]
Twelve gene regions linked to human reproductive behaviour
07 November 2016 - by Dr James Heather
Twelve locations in the human genome have been linked with differences in reproductive behaviour... [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]
Cambodia bans commercial surrogacy industry
07 November 2016 - by Lucas Taylor
The Cambodian Health Minster Mam Bunheng has published a directive appearing to ban all forms of surrogacy in the country... [Read More]
Smokers develop 150 mutations per lung cell
07 November 2016 - by Dr Özge Özkaya
For the first time scientists have quantified the number of mutations caused by the number of cigarettes smoked in a lifetime... [Read More]
Autism link to mutations in mitochondria
07 November 2016 - by Helen Robertson
Children with autism spectrum disorder have twice as many harmful mutations in their mitochondrial DNA as their siblings, a study has found... [Read More]
NHS to offer non-invasive prenatal testing to pregnant women
07 November 2016 - by Dr Rachel Huddart
A more accurate and safer prenatal test for Down's, Edwards' and Patau's syndromes is to be offered by the NHS from 2018, it has been announced... [Read More]


Book Review: Redesigning Life – How Genome Editing will Transform the World
07 November 2016 - by Annabel Slater
Dr John Parrington thinks the ethics of genome editing should be shaped by scientifically informed public debate, and he hopes his book will provide a starting point... [Read More]



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