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Cancer blood test detects tumours by size of DNA fragments
12 November 2018 - by Isobel Steer
A test has been developed that can detect at least eight different types of cancer, by characterising the size of tumour DNA fragments in the blood... [Read More]
Fertility rate halves across world
12 November 2018 - by Eleanor Lynam
The number of children born per woman has halved globally since 1950, according to a study published by the Lancet... [Read More]
First patient receives stem cell transplant in Parkinson's trial
12 November 2018 - by Martha Henriques
A male patient in his fifties has received a stem cell injection into the brain in an early phase trial for Parkinson's disease... [Read More]
In defence of the welfare of women
12 November 2018 - by Dr Geeta Nargund, Professor Stuart Campbell, Dr Svend Lindenberg, Dr Pasquale Patrizio, Professor Rene Frydman
Over the last ten years, the International Society for Mild Approaches in Assisted Reproduction (ISMAAR) has campaigned worldwide to put the welfare of women at the heart of fertility treatment... [Read More]
The worst five words you can say to a couple experiencing infertility
12 November 2018 - by Anya Sizer
'Why can't you just adopt?' It is a phrase that is repeatedly aimed at one of society's most isolated and misunderstood groups: those facing infertility. Time and again we hear those words, as though a magic formula has been found to sweep away years of trying, of treatment and heartache... [Read More]
Whose genome is it anyway?
5 November 2018 - by Phil Booth
There are potentially great benefits to the use of genomic data. But there are also clear risks and concerns, due in large part to the particular characteristics of DNA and the vast amount of information that can be derived from it... [Read More]
Film Review: Private Life (Netflix)
12 November 2018 - by Rachel Siden
After watching the trailer for the 2018 Netflix film Private Life, I was expecting a dramatic, yet funny and heartfelt tale about a couple struggling to have a child via assisted reproduction, who eventually discover that the family around them is all they truly needed to be happy... [Read More]
TV Review: Inside Out West - 29.10.18 (BBC)
5 November 2018 - by Eleanor Taylor
Fertility treatment is big business within the UK. The ever-increasing demand for fertility services combined with the dwindling availability of NHS-funding for fertility treatment has created a booming 'fertility industry'... [Read More]
TV Review: The Handmaid's Tale, Season 2
5 November 2018 - by Annabel Slater
The Handmaid's Tale portrays a societal response to infertility taken to the darkest of extremes. After watching the two seasons of it, I am struggling to link it to today's world without getting on my soapbox to protest for women's rights and the importance of a secular state... [Read More]