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Couple sues IVF clinic after embryo mix-up
15 July 2019 - by Dr Rachel Montgomery
A couple are suing a US fertility clinic after an IVF mix-up resulted in the woman giving birth to twin boys unrelated to them - or each other... [Read More]
Healthy lifestyle lowers dementia risk irrespective of genetics
15 July 2019 - by Jen Willows
A healthy lifestyle can reduce the risk of getting dementia, even in people who have a genetic predisposition, according to a new study... [Read More]
Lack of vaginal bacteria linked to ovarian cancer
15 July 2019 - by Dr Katie Howe
Women who have fewer protective bacteria in the vagina may be at increased risk of developing ovarian cancer, according to new research... [Read More]
How the USA's antiquated citizenship policies discriminate against families of same-sex parents
15 July 2019 - by Professor Sonia Suter
The State Department's citizenship policies for children born abroad through assisted reproductive technologies, however, are out of touch, leading to devastating denials of US citizenship for children born to American citizens in same-sex marriages... [Read More]
Is the UK fertility sector facing a tipping point?
8 July 2019 - by Sally Cheshire
Rarely a day goes by without the UK media mentioning assisted reproduction and the fertility sector. Whether it's the latest research innovation, the growth in DNA testing and matching websites, the funding and commissioning of fertility services or reports of patients confused as to whether they should pay for expensive and unproven add-on treatments... [Read More]
Why France's 2019 Health Bill will be key in harnessing health data for research
8 July 2019 - by Dr Margo Bernelin
The access and use of personal health data for research purposes is increasingly receiving press attention. Undeniably, there are renewed possibilities of conducting health research by processing and cross-referencing large volumes of data through sophisticated algorithms... [Read More]
Book Review: Breakthrough Babies - An IVF Pioneer's Tale of Creating Life Against All Odds
24 June 2019 - by Susan Tranfield
Dr Simon Fishel, founder of the CARE Fertility Group, has a long and distinguished career behind him. As a young biochemist he began his research career at the University of Cambridge with IVF pioneer Professor Robert Edwards, who together with Dr Patrick Steptoe was responsible for the birth of the first IVF baby, Louise Brown, in 1978... [Read More]
Event Review: How to Grow a Human
17 June 2019 - by Dr Yvonne Collins
What does it mean to be human? It's not a question I'd given much thought until hearing science writer Philip Ball's talk on 'How to Grow a Human'... [Read More]
Radio Review: Diary of a surrogate – The Untold (BBC Radio 4)
17 June 2019 - by Dr Loredana Guglielmi
In 'Diary of a Surrogate', an episode of the Radio 4 programme The Untold, Linder Wilkinson speaks about what becoming a surrogate mother meant for her. She tells the story of why – after giving birth to her first surrogate child – she decided to embark again on the same journey for a gay couple, Nick and Karl... [Read More]