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Issue 932 (08 January 2018)

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ESHRE 2018: Past, present and future
08 January 2018 - by Dr Roy Farquharson
The European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE) was created by Robert Edwards and Jean Cohen in 1984. The focus, complexity and growth of ESHRE have shifted dramatically over its 34 years of work, growing to provide leadership in reproductive medicine a global setting. Here is a short history of how the society evolved and a map of where it is heading next... [Read More]
Creating life in the lab: in vitro gametogenesis (IVG) and synthetic human entities with embryo-like features (SHEEFs)
08 January 2018 - by Dr Jess Buxton
What exactly are SHEEFs and IVGs? How might they shed light on the mysteries of early embryo development, and offer new hope to those affected by infertility? These questions were the focus of the second session at Progress Educational Trust's one-day conference 'Crossing Frontiers: Moving the Boundaries of Human Reproduction' in London on 8 December 2017... [Read More]

News Digest

Taking paracetamol during pregnancy may reduce fertility of daughters
08 January 2018 - by Ewa Zotow
Exposure to paracetamol during pregnancy may reduce the fertility of female offspring, suggest research in rats and mice... [Read More]
German court rules that trans woman cannot be child's mother
08 January 2018 - by Dr Lanay Griessner
Germany's Federal Court of Justice has ruled that the a trans woman must be registered as her child's legal father and not its mother. [Read More]
Sperm 'obstacle course' could improve IVF success
08 January 2018 - by Dr Rachel Brown
An obstacle course has been developed by scientists in the United States which can select the fastest and healthiest sperm to use in assisted reproductive techniques.  [Read More]
Professors Robin Lovell-Badge and Cathy Warwick recognised in New Year's Honours
08 January 2018 - by Sandy Starr
Leading figures in reproductive science and medicine have been recognised in the New Year's Honours list 2018, including two experts who have previously written for BioNews... [Read More]
Gene therapy temporarily halts type 1 diabetes in mice
08 January 2018 - by Isobel Steer
A gene therapy has been used to restore normal blood sugar levels in mice with type 1 diabetes, according to a study published this month in the journal Cell Stem Cell. [Read More]
Alcohol found to boost cancer risk by damaging stem cell DNA
08 January 2018 - by Charlott Repschlager
Drinking alcohol damages blood stem cells by altering their DNA, raising the risk of developing cancer, scientists have found. [Read More]
Offer egg freezing to all with medical need, say guidelines
08 January 2018 - by Sam Sherratt
The NHS should offer patients the chance to freeze their eggs before they receive treatments that could damage their fertility, say new guidelines published by the British Fertility Society. [Read More]


Event Review: The ethics and regulation of in vitro gametogenesis (IVG)
08 January 2018 - by Sarah Carter-Walshaw
IVG involves the use of stem cells to create sperm and egg cells in vitro, which can then be used to produce embryos. It is a technique that could provide a fertility treatment option for people who currently cannot have their own genetically related children – including infertile individuals or couples, older women, and same-sex couples... [Read More]



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