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


Issue 895 (03 April 2017)

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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]
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]

News Digest

79 rare obesity-causing genes catalogued
03 April 2017 - by Dr Marianne Kennedy
Seventy-nine rare genetic syndromes in which obesity is a major feature have been catalogued by Canadian researchers... [Read More]
University of California win CRISPR patent battle in Europe
03 April 2017 - by Jennifer Willows
The European Patent Office has declared that it intends to grant a broad patent for the use of CRISPR technologies to the University of California, the University of Vienna and Dr Emmanuelle Charpentier of the Max-Planck Institute in Berlin... [Read More]
Stem cells used to treat erectile dysfunction
03 April 2017 - by Emma Laycock
Men with erectile dysfunction following prostate surgery were able to have intercourse again after receiving an experimental stem cell therapy using cells taken from their own abdomen, a Danish study has shown... [Read More]
New genes linked to brain and ovarian cancer
03 April 2017 - by Annabel Slater
New genes indicating risk of ovarian and brain cancer have been identified using genome-wide association studies... [Read More]
Stem cells could be used to create 'endless supply of blood'
03 April 2017 - by Jennifer Willows
A new method of producing red blood cells outside the body on a large scale has been developed by researchers at the University of Bristol... [Read More]
Female reproductive cycle recreated on chip
03 April 2017 - by Caroline Casey
Researchers in the US have replicated the female reproductive tract using a 3D model that mimics the natural menstrual cycle... [Read More]
Method behind first successful mitochondrial replacement therapy revealed
03 April 2017 - by Helen Robertson
Details of the world's first successful use of mitochondrial replacement therapy in IVF have been published... [Read More]


Event Review: The future of female fertility? Egg freezing and social change
03 April 2017 - by Jamie Rickman
Can egg freezing be considered a feminist technology? Should we really be addressing the failures of a social fabric that requires women to preserve their fertility at all? This event was an exciting opening to an urgently needed discussion and is the first in a series of 'fertile conversations' that should be eagerly anticipated... [Read More]



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