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Issue 897 (24 April 2017)

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Comment

Is there a right to genetic affinity with one's children?
24 April 2017 - by Dr Megan Allyse
Assisted reproduction returned to the international spotlight last month, when Singapore's highest court penalised a fertility centre that had mistakenly fertilised a woman's eggs with the wrong sperm. The woman and her husband sued for compensation equal to the cost of raising the child until the age of 21, claiming that the clinic's negligence had caused them to give birth to the 'wrong' child... [Read More]
Mitochondrial replacement techniques, Mexico and the legal unknowns
24 April 2017 - by Dr César Palacios-González
It is not every day that we can examine the details of the first use of a new reproductive technology. But the first live birth of a baby following the use of a mitochondrial replacement technique (MRT) in IVF last year gives a window into just this. The case – with procedures carried out in both the US and Mexico – also raises legal questions... [Read More]

News Digest

Highly sensitive CRISPR diagnostic tool created
24 April 2017 - by Jennifer Willows and Annabel Slater
A new highly sensitive diagnostic system for diseases has been adapted from CRISPR... [Read More]
Europe's first gene therapy withdrawn
24 April 2017 - by Kulraj Singh Bhangra
A million-dollar gene therapy treatment for a rare blood disease will be withdrawn from the European market due to lack of demand... [Read More]
Australia ART guidelines oppose baby sex selection
24 April 2017 - by Dr Jane Currie
Australia has maintained a ban on sex selection for non-medical reasons, in revised guidelines on assisted reproductive technologies (ART) published this month... [Read More]
New approach to tackle breast cancer
24 April 2017 - by Dr James Heather
Researchers have discovered a new approach to slow the rate of breast cancer tumour growth in mice... [Read More]
Rapid blood test could detect lung cancer
24 April 2017 - by Meghna Kataria
A blood test could swiftly detect gene mutations found in lung cancer, allowing faster commencement of treatment... [Read More]
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]

Reviews

TV Review: Having Our Baby - The Surrogacy Boom
24 April 2017 - by Rebecca Carr
'Having our baby: The surrogacy boom' is an informative account of the processes involved in undergoing surrogacy in Canada. The documentary wrangles with the emotional, ethical and legal issues that stem from commissioning a Canadian surrogate, and looks at some of the perverse implications of Canada's criminalisation of commercial surrogacy... [Read More]

 

 

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