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'Surrogran' commentators wrongly assume the worst
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'Surrogran' commentators wrongly assume the worst
2 February 2004 - by Juliet Tizzard
A number of IVF related stories have hit the headlines this week, giving newspaper columnists much to contemplate at the weekend. One case the commentators have concentrated upon is the case of a couple who have become parents to IVF twins. The twist to this particular tale is that the... [Read More]
New study probes IVF mouse behaviour
28 January 2004 - by BioNews
Mice born following the use of assisted reproduction techniques (ARTs) show differences in their behaviour that could be caused by the embryo-culturing process, a new US study suggests. Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania found that adult IVF mice seem more confident, but had slightly worse memories than their naturally... [Read More]
'Saviour sibling' ruling to be challenged
28 January 2004 - by BioNews
The UK's House of Lords is to rule on a landmark legal battle over the creation of so-called 'saviour siblings'. A challenge has apparently been launched to a decision from the Court of Appeal that allowed a couple to use IVF with preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) and tissue-typing techniques to... [Read More]
Transgenic fish created using GM sperm
28 January 2004 - by BioNews
A team of Japanese and US researchers has managed to create transgenic zebrafish, using genetically-modified sperm grown in the laboratory. Researchers at the Fukui Prefectural University in Obama, Japan and the US National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), say their findings have implications for a wide range of research areas... [Read More]
Frozen embryo case given date in Court of Appeal
30 January 2004 - by Dr Kirsty Horsey
Natallie Evans, one of two British women who was legally prevented from using embryos kept in frozen storage by the withdrawal of consent by her ex-partner, will have her case heard by the Court of Appeal on 23 and 24 March this year. In the latest stage of her continued... [Read More]
Supergran surrogacy
2 February 2004 - by BioNews
A 43-year old grandmother has given birth to her own daughter's IVF twins. Lata Nagla, a 26-year old Indian woman living in the UK with her husband, has Rokitansky syndrome, a rare congenital condition where the uterus does not develop normally. This meant that she was unable to... [Read More]
Egg donor found for grandmother
2 February 2004 - by BioNews
Priscilla Eatwell, the 57-year old British grandmother who was in the news last year after advertising for an egg donor, has now found a woman who can help her to have a baby. Because of her age, Mrs Eatwell and her 70-year old husband had been unable to... [Read More]
Man awarded compensation by Boston IVF clinic
2 February 2004 - by BioNews
A fertility clinic in Boston, US, has been ordered to pay 108 thousand dollars in compensation to a man whose frozen embryos were used without his consent to impregnate his estranged wife. The figure represents the cost of child support paid for the man's seven-year-old daughter who, the jury on... [Read More]
Call to let insurers use genetic test results
2 February 2004 - by BioNews
UK insurance companies should have access to genetic test results so they can set fair insurance premiums, according to an article published in the Lancet medical journal last week. Nick Raithatha and Richard Smith, both health economists at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, UK, argue that information from... [Read More]
Cloning legislation news
2 February 2004 - by BioNews
Legislators in the House of Representatives of the US state of Delaware have postponed, for the second time, debate on a bill that would ban human reproductive cloning but allow cloning for research purposes. The delay came after several legislators said they needed more time to study the fine details... [Read More]

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