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An upper age limit of 35 for women needing IVF is unacceptable
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An upper age limit of 35 for women needing IVF is unacceptable
30 August 1999 - by Clare Lewis-Jones MBE
Media speculation that the Department of Health proposes to recommend in forthcoming guidance to health authorities an upper age limit of 35 for women needing in vitro fertilisation (IVF) through the National Health Service (NHS) is alarming to say the least. If this is true, it fails to understand what... [Read More]
IVF age limit of 35 may be imposed
30 August 1999 - by BioNews
An age limit as low as 35 may be imposed by the UK government on women seeking public funding for in vitro fertilisation (IVF) as part of a national strategy for securing uniform access to the treatment. There is speculation that the government is considering strict guidelines that will cover... [Read More]
Stress more likely to lead to baby girls
30 August 1999 - by BioNews
Stress at the time of a baby's conception may increase the chance of it being a girl, a Danish study suggests. The researchers, led by Dr Dorthe Hansen, had seen earlier studies that suggested exposure to smog, floods or earthquakes may lead to a reduction in the proportion of males... [Read More]
UK study on male reproductive health
30 August 1999 - by BioNews
Scientists at the UK's government-funded Medical Research Council (MRC) and the University of Edinburgh are to carry out the biggest ever study into male reproductive health across the world. Researchers are recruiting 1,200 men aged between 21 and 31 for the three year study. Some evidence has shown that sperm... [Read More]
Selected biotech news
30 August 1999 - by BioNews
British Biotech, the beleaguered drug development company, has delivered some positive news from the second trial of its cancer drug, Marimastat. Although the trial failed to meet its primary target, the second trial has produced some evidence that it may delay the progress of stomach cancer. The new chief executive... [Read More]
Wellcome threatens to take £100m park abroad
30 August 1999 - by BioNews
The Wellcome Trust is threatening to take abroad its innovative £100m biotechnology park, originally planned for Hinxton, near Cambridge, after its planning application was rejected by the government two weeks ago. The verdict of the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions (DETR), which came after two public inquiries... [Read More]

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