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


Issue 916 (04 September 2017)

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Scandinavian attitudes to surrogacy – public policy should catch up
04 September 2017 - by Sam Everingham
During the planning of the global non-profit Families Through Surrogacy's first educational event on surrogacy in Sweden a few months ago, IVF professionals had suggested inviting a few leading Swedish infertility specialists. Unfortunately none were willing to attend, stymied by Sweden's conservative regulations around surrogacy... [Read More]

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FDA crackdown on unproven stem cell therapies
04 September 2017 - by Rikita Patel
The US Food and Drug Administration intends to investigate the use of unproven stem cell therapies being offered in the country's clinics... [Read More]
New imaging technique could help pick embryos for IVF
04 September 2017 - by Anna Leida
A new imaging technique can help assess the quality of early-stage embryos... [Read More]
Screen all chromosomes in prenatal embryo testing, says study
04 September 2017 - by Dr Rachel Huddart
Current prenatal chromosome screening tests could miss rare chromosomal abnormalities and lead to inaccurate results... [Read More]
Doubt over human embryo editing study
04 September 2017 - by Annabel Slater
A group of scientists have challenged the landmark study which reported the first successful editing of human embryos for a genetic disease... [Read More]
Stem cells restore neurons in monkey model of Parkinson's disease
04 September 2017 - by Caroline Casey
Neurons derived from human stem cells have successfully been used to treat and relieve symptoms of Parkinson's disease in a primate animal model... [Read More]
First gene therapy for leukaemia approved
04 September 2017 - by Meetal Solanki
The world's first cancer treatment which uses a patient's own genetically modified immune cells has been approved... [Read More]
Actor Sofia Vergara frozen embryo lawsuit dismissed
04 September 2017 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza
A Louisiana court has ruled that it has no jurisdiction over the frozen embryo dispute between actor Sofia Vergara and her ex-fiance Nick Loeb, in a move that may end the two-year legal saga between the couple... [Read More]


Podcast Review: Editing the Embryo - removing harmful gene mutations
04 September 2017 - by Eleanor Taylor
As a scientist working in a fertility clinic, my normal everyday work routine is occasionally punctuated by the ripple effect that occurs when reports of a new groundbreaking reproductive technology enters the public consciousness. I am soon inundated with questions... [Read More]



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