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Cambodia arrests 11 more surrogates, as Australian nurse released
19 November 2018 - by Melanie Krause
A total of 18 people, including 11 pregnant women, arrested in Cambodia have been charged with offences relating to human trafficking for allegedly engaging in surrogacy for foreign couples... [Read More]
Epigenetic approach could detect cancer early
19 November 2018 - by Eleanor Mackle & Jennifer Willows
Canadian researchers have published two new studies using machine learning to improve detection and treatment of cancer... [Read More]
Genetics study reveals how obesity can cause depression
19 November 2018 - by Eleanor Lynam
The largest study of its kind has given evidence to suggest that being overweight can cause depression, primarily due to psychological factors... [Read More]
FILM: How Do We Make Genomics Everybody's Business?
19 November 2018 - by BioNews
This film documents the Progress Educational Trust/Genomics England event 'How Do We Make Genomics Everybody's Business?', which formed part of the Genomics Conversation... [Read More]
Salvation through legislation?
19 November 2018 - by Dr Raj Mathur
Is a proposed bill to the UK parliament to defend the 'welfare of women' undergoing fertility treatment really the right way to address the debate over 'mild' and 'conventional' IVF? I raised my concerns over what I see as an unjustified backlash against conventional IVF in my BioNews commentary last month... [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]
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]