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Egg donation for stem cell research: reconciling scientific progress and women's welfare
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Egg donation for stem cell research: reconciling scientific progress and women's welfare
26 June 2006 - by Heidi Mertes
In the wake of the Hwang scandal, it became clear that the future success of developing patient-specific stem cell lines by somatic cell nuclear transfer (cloning technology) will depend primarily on a sufficient supply of human oocytes (eggs). However, oocyte donation after ovulation induction presents certain risks for the donor... [Read More]
New egg test may increase IVF success rate
20 June 2006 - by Dr Kirsty Horsey
BioNews reporting from ESHRE conference, Prague (sponsored by Planer cryoTechnology). By Dr Kirsty Horsey: Italian scientists have presented research at the annual conference of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE) in Prague, Czech Republic, showing that eggs can be screened - before they are fertilised - for chromosomal abnormalities... [Read More]
Call for free fertility treatment to boost Europe's population
20 June 2006 - by Dr Kirsty Horsey
BioNews reporting from ESHRE conference, Prague (sponsored by Planer cryoTechnology). By Dr Kirsty Horsey: Europe's increasing demographic crisis could be helped by providing free fertility treatment to more women, says RAND Europe, an independent research organisation, at the annual conference of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE... [Read More]
Free UK fertility treatment 'would boost economy'
20 June 2006 - by Dr Kirsty Horsey
BioNews reporting from ESHRE conference, Prague (sponsored by Planer cryoTechnology). By Dr Kirsty Horsey: Research presented today at the annual conference of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE) in Prague, Czech Republic, suggests that the benefits that would come from the UK's government providing free fertility treatment... [Read More]
Therapy for stress-related infertility
20 June 2006 - by Dr Kirsty Horsey
BioNews reporting from ESHRE conference, Prague (sponsored by Planer cryoTechnology). By Dr Kirsty Horsey: A study by scientists at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, has revealed that stress-related infertility can be reversed by cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). The researchers, who presented their findings at the annual conference of the European... [Read More]
Concern over 'IVF identity fraud'
21 June 2006 - by Dr Kirsty Horsey
BioNews reporting from ESHRE conference, Prague (sponsored by Planer cryoTechnology). By Dr Kirsty Horsey: Dr Luca Sabatini, from the Centre for Reproductive Medicine at St Bartholomew's Hospital in London, UK, has told the annual conference of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE) in Prague, Czech Republic, that... [Read More]
Vasectomies linked to genetic sperm damage
22 June 2006 - by Dr Jess Buxton
BioNews reporting from ESHRE conference, Prague (sponsored by Planer cryoTechnology). By Dr Jess Buxton: Vasectomies can cause chromosomal abnormalities in sperm, say a team based at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand. The researchers, who presented their findings at the annual conference of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology... [Read More]
IVF embryo culture link to genetic disorder
22 June 2006 - by Dr Jess Buxton
BioNews reporting from ESHRE conference, Prague (sponsored by Planer cryoTechnology). By Dr Jess Buxton: New research on mouse embryos suggests that laboratory culture conditions can affect the activity of several genes. The findings, presented by US scientists at the annual conference of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology... [Read More]
Women face long waits for cancer genetic test results
23 June 2006 - by Dr Jess Buxton
Some women with a family history of breast cancer could be undergoing unnecessary preventative surgery, according to a UK charity. Breakthrough Breast Cancer say that some women, faced with a long wait to find out if they have a genetic mutation that puts them at high... [Read More]
Stem cells reverse rat paralysis
24 June 2006 - by Heidi Nicholl
A team from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine has managed to partially restore movement in paralysed rats using mouse embryonic stem cells (ES cells)and a cocktail of chemical enhancers. Research leader Douglas Kerr described the work as 'a blueprint for how to rewire part of the... [Read More]
Three million IVF babies born worldwide
26 June 2006 - by Dr Kirsty Horsey
BioNews reporting from ESHRE conference, Prague (sponsored by Planer cryoTechnology): By Dr Kirsty Horsey: Data presented at the annual conference of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE) has shown that more than three million babies have been born using IVF and other assisted reproductive technologies (ART) since... [Read More]
Australia to continue therapeutic cloning ban
26 June 2006 - by Dr Jess Buxton
Australia's Cabinet has decided to keep in place a federal ban on therapeutic cloning research, rejecting the advice of an expert review published last year. Last December, a six-member Legislative Review Committee, chaired by the now deceased John Lockhart, a former Federal Court judge, recommended that... [Read More]
Sheep womb transplant success
26 June 2006 - by Dr Jess Buxton
BioNews reporting from ESHRE conference, Prague (sponsored by Planer cryoTechnology). By Dr Jess Buxton: Swedish scientists have successfully transplanted uteruses in sheep, an achievement that paves the way for women who do not have a womb to bear their own children. The team, based at the Sahlgrenska Academy at Goteborg... [Read More]

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