The Fertility Show, London, 3-4 November 2018
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£40 gene test could predict heart disease risk
15 October 2018 - by Melanie Krause
A one-off genetic test could identify people with a genetic predisposition to coronary heart disease, according to a new study... [Read More]
Drug significantly boosts IVF rates, clinical trial finds
15 October 2018 - by Isobel Steer
A new IVF drug has been shown to help boost birth rates following IVF treatment, by helping embryos implant in the womb... [Read More]
Genome editing in mouse fetuses may pave way in humans
15 October 2018 - by Mikey Lebrett
Genome editing has been successfully used to treat a serious liver disease in fetal mice while still in-utero... [Read More]
Whose genome is it anyway? Big Data and your DNA
15 October 2018 - by Annabel Slater
DNA is effectively data. If we are concerned about the data stored on our phones and computers, on social media sites and government servers, should we extend our concern to our DNA? ... [Read More]
Men are not getting adequate care for infertility
8 October 2018 - by Professor Sheena Lewis
There has been much media interest in male infertility care this year, but two major issues have stood out. The first is the inadequacy of care for the man, from incomplete diagnosis to non-information about his treatment choices. The second is the use of a vulnerable woman to undergo invasive fertility treatment in order to treat a third party – her male partner. This is unparalleled in other branches of medicine... [Read More]
Modern surrogacy needs a modern law: How should we regulate surrogacy in the 21st century?
1 October 2018 - by Jennifer Willows
At the Royal Society of Edinburgh, on 27 September 2018, the Progress Educational Trust (PET) held its public event 'Modern Surrogacy Needs a Modern Law: How Should We Regulate Surrogacy in the 21st Century?'... [Read More]
Book Review: Dreams Before the Start of Time
15 October 2018 - by Susan Tranfield
'Dreams Before the Start of Time', a novel by Ann Charnock, 2018 winner of the Arthur C. Clarke Award for SFX Book of the Year, begins in a not-so-distant possible future. In this world, humans exert so much control over reproduction that, over the course of just 100 years, the notion of gestating a fetus in its mother's womb comes to be viewed with pity if not downright hostility... [Read More]
TV Review: Inside Out North East & Cumbria - 24.09.18 (BBC)
8 October 2018 - by Eleanor Taylor
The demand for sperm donors is rapidly rising within the UK. This partly reflects the growing number of single women opting to start a family, as well as an increasing number of women in same-sex relationships who wish to conceive... [Read More]
TV Review: Coronation Street's DNA Secrets – ITV
1 October 2018 - by Sarah Gregory
Coronation Street's DNA Secrets gave a whirlwind tour around the ethnic diversities hidden in the gene pools of some of the soap's most well-loved stars, past and present... [Read More]