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Cancer gene targets found and ranked using CRISPR
15 April 2019 - by Charlotte Spicer
UK scientists have used genome-editing to identify hundreds of potential drug targets for new cancer treatments... [Read More]
First baby born in mitochondrial donation for infertility trial
15 April 2019 - by Catherine Heffner
A baby conceived via IVF using genetic information from three people has been born to a mother not affected by mitochondrial disease... [Read More]
First birth after robotic uterus transplant in Sweden
15 April 2019 - by Martha Henriques
The first baby to be born after their mother received a robot-operated womb transfer has been delivered in Sweden... [Read More]
Germline in the sand: where should we draw the boundaries for genome editing?
15 April 2019 - by Jennifer Willows
Genome editing was the subject up for discussion at the Progress Educational Trust's 'Germline in the Sand' event, held at the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh on 19 March 2019. The discussion, which was supported by the Scottish Government sought to explore the scientific and ethical boundaries of genome editing, and what place this technology should have within our society... [Read More]
How can we make surrogacy law deliver?
8 April 2019 - by Antony Starza-Allen
After many years of debate, surrogacy law reform is finally on the move. The Law Commissions of England and Wales, and that of Scotland, are now jointly evaluating areas of surrogacy law that have been identified as needing reform, with a view to making recommendations to Government in 2021... [Read More]
Egg-sharing: as relevant in oocyte freezing today as in IVF two decades ago
1 April 2019 - by Dr Kamal Ahuja
A sociologist quoted by the Daily Mail has claimed that an egg-sharing scheme offered by our own and other fertility clinics 'sounds like bribing women to freeze their eggs'. Such schemes, said the University of Buckingham sociologist, seemed no more than a 'marketing ploy' with no regard for 'the long-term consequences'... [Read More]
Podcast Review: Beyond Today – Should egg freezing be free?
15 April 2019 - by Jakki Magowan
Beyond Today is a BBC Radio 4 podcast series that aims to engage young people in current news topics. Harriet Noble, one of the show's producers, tackles fertility in this 22-minute programme after pondering whether she should pay to freeze her eggs... [Read More]
BBC Sounds: Carrying my friend's baby - Podcast Review
25 March 2019 - by Hugo Wolfe
We are thrown into the waiting room with Emma and Jane who are attending an IVF consultation for a gestational surrogacy arrangement. The childhood friends are laughing and reminiscing about how it all came about... [Read More]
TV Review: The Big Questions – Should Surrogacy Become a Commercial Business?
11 March 2019 - by Myrto Riga
Should surrogates in the UK be paid more than their reasonable expenses? If they get paid more, could that mean that a baby is essentially being bought and money becomes the motivation to be a surrogate?... [Read More]