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NHS (National Health Service)

The National Health Service (NHS) is a publicly funded healthcare system in the United Kingdom. The NHS is controlled by the Department of Health.

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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]

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]

TV Review: A world without Down's syndrome?

10 October 2016 - by Evelyn Jager

In this documentary, Sally Phillips argues that individuals are more than just their biological characteristics and their potential health problems. But, if we view people in these terms, it's all too easy to ignore what fantastic qualities they might end up having too... [Read More]

Down's syndrome: NIPT in the bud?

03 October 2016 - by Victoria Woodham

The introduction of non-invasive prenatal testing in the NHS screening programme for pregnant women may seem like a no-brainer, but it is based on outdated ideas of what life is like for people with Down's syndrome and their families... [Read More]

Event Review: Who owns your genome?

03 October 2016 - by Isobel Steer

Do you know who owns your genome? And who, if anyone, would you choose to give your genetic information to? This debate, organised by the British Science Association and supported by Genomics England, covered the cutting-edge issues in genomic ethics and legality... [Read More]

Widow wins frozen embryo case

03 October 2016 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza

A widow has been allowed by the High Court to keep embryos created with her late husband in storage for ten years... [Read More]

NICE update guidance on IUI rejected by professionals

19 September 2016 - by Professor Roy Homburg and Dr Gulam Bahadur

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has issued new guidance on the use of IUI that displays a plethora of contradictions and inconsistencies in an effort to maintain the status quo, precluding a fair appraisal of IUI practice... [Read More]

Radio Review: Personalised Medicine – Dose by Design

19 September 2016 - by Rhys Baker

Personalised Medicine. A promise of medical treatment tailored to the individual. A promise that has been decades in the delivery. But now, as such treatment appears to be within reach, will the dream be dashed by bureaucracy, inertia and funding crises?... [Read More]

Chemotherapy during pregnancy could affect daughters' fertility

15 August 2016 - by Dr Nicoletta Charolidi

A study has shown that the chemotherapy drug etoposide can affect the development of fetal ovarian tissue in mice... [Read More]

NIPT or not to NIPT – is that really the question?

15 August 2016 - by Jane Fisher and Professor Lyn Chitty

A central tenet of prenatal testing is to promote reproductive autonomy by providing women with information that can assist in pregnancy management. Bringing NIPT into the NHS will improve an established screening programme... [Read More]

CCG plans to cut IVF for new and existing patients

18 July 2016 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza

Basildon and Brentwood CCG is proposing to cut its provision of fertility treatment for new and existing patients... [Read More]

Event Review: Genetic Screening and Respect for Persons

18 July 2016 - by Amina Yonis

Non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT) is improving all the time, and the tests may soon be offered to all pregnant women on the NHS. This event explored how to ensure that prospective mothers are properly counselled to make informed decisions about their pregnancy... [Read More]

First baby born from frozen ovarian tissue in UK

18 July 2016 - by Rebecca Carr

A cancer patient in Edinburgh has become the first woman in the UK to have a child following a transplant of her frozen ovarian tissue... [Read More]

Quick and cheap DNA tests for ovarian cancer patients 'would save lives'

18 July 2016 - by Hannah Somers

Researchers have developed a new pathway for genetically testing ovarian cancer patients which they say will save both lives and money... [Read More]

BRCA mutations linked to prostate and uterine cancers

11 July 2016 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza

Genetic mutations on several genes including BRCA2 have been associated with prostate cancer; while in a separate study, a BRCA1 mutation has been linked to a particular form of uterine cancer... [Read More]

The posthumous use of sperm - a sorry tale

04 July 2016 - by Emma Nottingham

The case of Samantha Jeffries - a widow who is trying to save the embryos she created with her husband before his death - holds lessons both for fertility clinics and for the HFEA... [Read More]

Widow takes fight over frozen embryos to High Court

27 June 2016 - by Ryan Ross

The widow of a Falklands veteran is going to the High Court in an attempt to stop the couple's frozen embryos from being destroyed... [Read More]

Fertility treatment provision in England violates NHS first principles

20 June 2016 - by Stephen Harbottle

Since its launch in 1948, the NHS has become the world's largest publicly funded health service and a beacon of what is possible to the rest of the world. Unless, it seems, you are finding it hard to conceive... [Read More]

Radio Review: Born in Bradford

20 June 2016 - by Professor Sandy Raeburn

The Born in Bradford study, which began in 2007, has recorded data prospectively from 12,000 mothers, 4000 fathers and their 14,000 children born in Bradford General Hospital... [Read More]

Scotland expands IVF on the NHS

13 June 2016 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza

Scotland is set to expand the provision of publicly funded IVF, increasing the number of cycles for eligible patients from two to three... [Read More]


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Preserving Sperm, Eggs and Embryos

FREE event
25 October 2016


Genome Editing, 14 Days and Beyond

Public Conference
7 December 2016

Speakers include

Professor Magdalena Zernicka-Goetz

Dr Kathy Niakan

Professor Sir Ian Wilmut

Lord George Carey

Baroness Mary Warnock

Dr Simon Fishel

Professor Bruce Whitelaw

Professor Alison Murdoch

Professor David Jones

Professor Sarah Franklin

Professor Stephen Wilkinson


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