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Public perceptions of gamete donation in British South Asian communities
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Public perceptions of gamete donation in British South Asian communities
5 March 2007 - by Dr Lorraine Culley
Within the UK, approximately 25,000 children have been born using donated gametes (eggs and sperm) or embryos since 1991. There is currently, however, a shortage of donated gametes and this is particularly acute for members of minority ethnic communities. Such couples face very long waiting times for treatment. We recently... [Read More]
Californian court backs state stem cell research initiative
5 March 2007 - by MacKenna Roberts
The California First District Court of Appeal in San Francisco unanimously ruled on 26 February that 'Proposition 71' is constitutional, strongly affirming that it 'suffers from no constitutional or other legal infirmity'. Proposition 71 called for the creation of the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM), its... [Read More]
Low-fat dairy food may increase risk of infertility
5 March 2007 - by Dr Laura Bell
New research published in the journal Human Reproduction has found that consuming low-fat dairy food may lead to a higher risk of infertility. The study found no difference between women who ate the most dairy food and those who ate little or none. However, differences in... [Read More]
Study supports use of 'soft' IVF treatment
5 February 2007 - by Zulehkha Waheed
Women trying to have a baby using standard in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) techniques are spending money on unnecessary drugs that have harmful side-effects and which could be compromising their health, according to the authors of a new report published in the Lancet medical journal. In standard IVF, two... [Read More]
IVF 'postcode lottery' continues
5 March 2007 - by Katy Sinclair
A report has revealed that couples receive varied IVF treatment across UK Primary Care Trusts (PCTs), despite guidelines issued by the National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence in 2004 that all women between the age of 23 and 39 years old should receive three cycles of... [Read More]
'The BBC, the HFEA and the UK's best-performing  IVF doctor:  Trial by media?': Further information
5 March 2007 - by BioNews
In BioNews 396 (27/2/2007), we published a commentary entitled 'The BBC, the HFEA and the UK's best-performing IVF doctor: Trial by media?', written by Cheryl Hudson, on behalf of the ARGC (Assisted Reproduction and Gynaecology Centre) Defence Group. The HFEA has declined an invitation to respond to this... [Read More]
Science adviser backs animal eggs for human stem cells
5 March 2007 - by Dr Jess Buxton
The UK Government's chief scientific adviser has expressed his support for proposals to use animal eggs in the creation of human embryonic stem (ES) cells for research purposes. Sir David King said last week that such work should be allowed under tight regulations, adding that it... [Read More]

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