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Restrictive laws in Europe are harming patients
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Restrictive laws in Europe are harming patients
7 July 2003 - by Juliet Tizzard
Last week's European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE) conference in Madrid provoked a rash of horror stories in the British media. One story in particular - research on eggs from aborted fetuses - left many commentators calling for more and tighter regulation. This is a common response to new developments... [Read More]
In vitro maturation of ovarian follicles
2 July 2003 - by BioNews
BioNews reporting from ESHRE conference, Madrid: A study presented at the annual conference of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology conference in Madrid, Spain, has suggested a future way of harvesting eggs from aborted fetuses. Researchers from Israel and the Netherlands presented the results of a preliminary study... [Read More]
A positive look at surrogacy
3 July 2003 - by BioNews
BioNews reporting from ESHRE conference, Madrid: Research presented at the annual conference of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology in Madrid shows that women who act as surrogates suffer no severe emotional problems during pregnancy or after giving up the child. In what the researchers say is the... [Read More]
Uterus transplants on the horizon
3 July 2003 - by BioNews
BioNews reporting from ESHRE conference, Madrid: Scientists from the Sahlgrenska Academy at Goteborg University in Sweden have announced that they have successfully achieved births from mice that had undergone uterus transplants. The research was reported at the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology annual conference in Madrid, Spain, and... [Read More]
Home storage for sperm samples
4 July 2003 - by BioNews
BioNews reporting from ESHRE conference, Madrid: Men undertaking IVF treatment with their partners may be able to store their sperm at home, rather than in a laboratory, say researchers. Scientists from the Erfan and Bagedo Hospitals in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, have created a way of 'air-drying' sperm which allows it... [Read More]
UK at bottom of European IVF league table
4 July 2003 - by BioNews
BioNews reporting from ESHRE conference, Madrid: According to a report presented at the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology annual conference in Madrid, Spain, the UK performs poorly compared to other European countries in terms of the provision of fertility treatments. Infertile couples seeking treatment in the UK are... [Read More]
Chimera embryos spark controversy
4 July 2003 - by BioNews
BioNews reporting from ESHRE conference, Madrid: Experiments in which cells from one early human embryo were mixed with those from another triggered a heated debate last week. The studies of mixed, or chimera embryos (dubbed 'she-males' by the media as they contained cells from one male and one female embryo... [Read More]
Abstinence does not help fertility treatment
4 July 2003 - by BioNews
BioNews reporting from ESHRE conference, Madrid: Abstaining from sex does not enhance a man's fertility and may lower the chances of a successful conception for couples undergoing fertility treatment, according to new research presented at the annual conference of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology in Madrid last... [Read More]
Stem cells help paralysed rats to walk
4 July 2003 - by BioNews
Two new studies carried out using rats have shown that stem cells taken from early embryos could be used to treat spinal injuries. Researchers at the University of California in Irvine, US, used stem cells from human embryos to grow specialised 'nerve insulating' cells to successfully treat paralysed rats with... [Read More]
Good news for IVF and ICSI families
4 July 2003 - by BioNews
BioNews reporting from ESHRE conference, Madrid: Children conceived using in vitro fertilisation (IVF) and intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) techniques are no more likely to be affected by growth and development problems than children conceived naturally, according to a new study presented at the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology... [Read More]
Stem cells from womb fluid?
4 July 2003 - by BioNews
BioNews reporting from ESHRE conference, Madrid: The fluid that surrounds a developing foetus in the womb could be a rich source of stem cells, according to a new study presented at the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology in Madrid last week. Researchers at the University of Vienna say... [Read More]
Support for 'saviour siblings'
7 July 2003 - by BioNews
BioNews reporting from ESHRE conference, Madrid: Screening embryos to determine whether or not they would be a potential matched cord blood donor for an ill sibling is morally acceptable, even in situations where the only benefit is to the existing child, according to the outgoing chairman of the European Society... [Read More]

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