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PGS: It ain't what you do it's the way that you do it...and that's what gets results
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PGS: It ain't what you do it's the way that you do it...and that's what gets results
17 July 2007 - by Dr Alan Thornhill
Embryo selection following cleavage stage embryo biopsy and chromosome analysis to identify aneuploid embryos (those which have an abnormal number of chromosomes) in every couple having IVF/ICSI or all women of advanced maternal age is rightly considered by most clinics to be too invasive and potentially damaging for routine... [Read More]
Italian reproduction law increases multiple pregnancies
16 July 2007 - by Katy Sinclair
The Italian health minister, Livia Turco, has publicised an official report examining data on assisted reproduction following the introduction of a new restrictive law in 2004. The study has found that a reduction in the success rate of procedures and an increase in multiple pregnancies have been... [Read More]
Genome-wide search points to new bowel cancer gene
16 July 2007 - by Ailsa Stevens
Two studies, published in the current issue of the journal Nature Genetics, reported the discovery of a genetic element which researchers say increases bowel cancer risk by 20 per cent. The researchers, from London and Edinburgh, estimate that one in two people in the general population are... [Read More]
US poll shows support for genetic testing
17 July 2007 - by Antony Starza-Allen
A US survey on public attitudes towards genetic testing has revealed that 54 per cent of respondents support testing of children to determine the risk of diseases that may develop later in life, such as diabetes and heart disease, while 39 per cent would consent to testing... [Read More]
Anne McLaren: A personal tribute
17 July 2007 - by BioNews
Anne McLaren was a staunch supporter and friend of the Progress Educational Trust from its inception shortly after the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill was enacted by the UK Parliament in 1990. Prior to this, Progress had been a cross party lobbying group where Anne was a major contributor to... [Read More]
Most US babies now get newborn screening tests
17 July 2007 - by Dr Jess Buxton
Most babies born in the US are now screened for 29 medical conditions, including sickle cell anaemia, cystic fibrosis and hearing loss, according to a new report by the March of Dimes. Two years ago, the charity revealed that only 38 per cent of infants underwent... [Read More]
New method for identifying healthy sperm
17 July 2007 - by Dr Jess Buxton
Researchers in South Korea have developed a new method for choosing the best sperm to use during ICSI (intracytoplasmic sperm injection) treatment - a variation of IVF in which a single sperm is injected directly into an egg. The team, based at the Chung-Ang University in Gyeonggi-Do... [Read More]

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