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$15 million awarded for eggs and embryos lost in tank failure
14 June 2021 - by Rachel Siden
The first trial over a California fertility clinic's cryogenic tank failure concluded by awarding $15 million to five plaintiffs... [Read More]
Fallopian tube anatomy triggers change in sperm cells
14 June 2021 - by Georgina Al-Badri
The complex folds of the fallopian tube surface have been found to alter the behaviour of sperm... [Read More]
Fertility patient given wrong, invasive procedure
14 June 2021 - by Tsvetana Stoilova
A fertility patient received an invasive procedure meant for another woman in an NHS waiting room mix-up, a safety report has said... [Read More]
Egg donation has come home
14 June 2021 - by Dr Kamal Ahuja and Professor Nick Macklon
Among the highlights of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority's (HFEA) latest report on trends in fertility treatment is a continuing upturn in the number of egg donation cycles performed in the UK... [Read More]
How many is too many in surrogacy? Who is thinking about the children?
14 June 2021 - by Dr Marilyn Crawshaw and Professor Olga van den Akker
A recent report of a millionaire couple who had 20 babies through surrogacy makes for disturbing reading. It highlights what can happen in the absence of universally agreed, child-focused laws to regulate the growing world of surrogacy... [Read More]
Fertilisation, the fourteen day rule, and beyond
7 June 2021 - by Dr Sigal Klipstein
The first IVF baby was born in 1978, and represented a milestone at the cross section of basic science, clinical research and patient care... [Read More]
Book Review: The Code Breaker – Jennifer Douda, gene editing and the future of the human race
14 June 2021 - by Eleanor Taylor
The genome editing capabilities of the CRISPR/Cas9 approach have created an enormous amount of excitement and an equal amount of concern within the scientific community. It is therefore unsurprising that this contentious form of biotechnology has entered the cultural zeitgeist and become a key topic of public interest... [Read More]
Podcast Review: Why Have Sperm Counts More Than Halved in the Past 40 years?
7 June 2021 - by Hayley Fryer
We've all been told that smoking, drinking too much and being overweight are bad for our overall health and can have a negative impact on our fertility... [Read More]
Theatre Review: From Me to Us
7 June 2021 - by Zaina Mahmoud
The change in the HFE Act to extend eligibility for parental orders to single parents forms the basis of Wayne Steven Jackson's autobiographical play, From Me to Us... [Read More]