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Genetic 'stealth' condition causes more cancers than thought
21 January 2019 - by Yvonne Collins
A common hereditary condition which causes the body to overload with iron, is linked to higher levels of disease and disability than previously thought, according to a cohort study using UK BioBank data... [Read More]
Genome study could offer DNA test to predict life expectancy
21 January 2019 - by Helen Robertson
Scientists have produced a longevity scoring system to predict whether a person can expect to live longer or die sooner than average, based on the cumulative effect of genetic variants that influence lifespan... [Read More]
HFEA: patients should not pay for unproven IVF 'add-ons'
21 January 2019 - by Rikita Patel
The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority has published a final consensus statement advising that IVF clinics should not charge patients for add-on treatments that are not proven effective by clinical trials... [Read More]
The future of fertility law: what must change and when?
21 January 2019 - by Dr Kirsty Horsey
The final session at the Progress Educational Trust's annual conference 'Make Do or Amend: Should We Update UK Fertility and Embryo Law?' continued the theme of looking to future reform of fertility law, as had the keynote address given by Sir James Munby... [Read More]
What is an 'add-on' and why does it matter?
21 January 2019 - by Dr Jane Stewart
The British Fertility Society along with a number of other professional associations and the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority published a joint document on the subject of IVF 'add-ons' last week... [Read More]
A patchwork of policies: assisted conception and embryo research in Europe
14 January 2019 - by Dr Nicoletta Charolidi
This session of the Progress Educational Trust's 2018 Annual Conference 'Make Do or Amend: Should We Update UK Fertility and Embryo Law?' gave an overview of the regulatory framework of assisted conception and embryo research in Europe... [Read More]
Book review: My Story, My Gift – books for the children of egg, sperm and embryo donors
21 January 2019 - by Tracey Sainsbury
Not one, but a series of books are the latest additions to the fantastic resources available from the Donor Conception Network. For many years, we have enjoyed the books for children of parents thanks to donor conception, but these are the first printed books available for the children of donors... [Read More]
Podcast Review: 'Genetics Unzipped' by the Genetics Society
21 January 2019 - by Eleanor Lynam
As a hardened podcast obsessive working in the field of genetics, I was excited to listen to the Genetics Society podcast 'Genetics Unzipped'... [Read More]
Book Review: Regulating Assisted Reproductive Technologies – New Horizons
7 January 2019 - by Victoria Adkins
In 'Regulating Assisted Reproductive Technologies: New Horizons', Dr Amel Alghrani explores the future regulation of new reproductive technologies, specifically ectogenesis – gestating a fetus outside of a human body in an artificial womb, and uterus transplants... [Read More]