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Parents and Parliament: The duty of beneficence as a key to regulating PGD
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Parents and Parliament: The duty of beneficence as a key to regulating PGD
27 July 2007 - by Nicholas de Lacy-Brown
On 16 July, Progress Educational Trust (PET) held a highly successful debate in London, deliberating the role of parents and parliament in the decision-making process for the use of pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD). Describing the procedure as a 'disruptive technology', John Wyatt, Professor of Neonatal Paediatrics at University College London... [Read More]
UK couple to test embryos for hereditary breast cancer
27 July 2007 - by Dr Jess Buxton
UK doctors have been given permission to help a couple avoid passing on hereditary breast cancer to their children, the Times newspaper has reported. Paul Serhal, of University College London, has been granted a licence by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) to select embryos... [Read More]
Top UK IVF doctor rebuked by regulator
31 July 2007 - by Ailsa Stevens
This month the UK's most successful IVF Clinic - the Assisted Reproduction and Gynaecology Centre (ARGC) - was told by the regulator that it will have to appoint a new person to take legal responsibility for the clinic, or face closure. The ruling follows an ongoing dispute between the... [Read More]
Report on death of Irish IVF patient published
31 July 2007 - by Sandy Starr
A report on the circumstances surrounding the 2003 death of Irish IVF patient Jacqueline Rushton has been published. The report was commissioned by the Republic of Ireland's Health Service Executive (HSE), and written by Alison Murdoch of the Newcastle Fertility Centre and independent healthcare consultant Stuart Emslie... [Read More]
Surrogate mother loses court battle to keep child
31 July 2007 - by Ailsa Stevens
The English Court of Appeal ruled last Thursday that a mother must uphold her surrogacy agreement and hand over a 17 month-old baby boy to his biological father. Although the boy has lived with his surrogate mother since birth, the Court has granted permission for the boy's... [Read More]
MPs recommend increased funding for NHS fertility treatment
31 July 2007 - by Katy Sinclair
A report published by the UK All-Party Parliamentary Group on Infertility has highlighted the need for greater funding for infertility treatment on the National Health Service (NHS). The UK National Infertility Awareness Campaign (NIAC) has welcomed the report, as part of its continued campaign to end the current... [Read More]
Artificial 'womb' may give IVF embryos a better start
31 July 2007 - by Ailsa Stevens
Preliminary research, presented at the European Society for Human Reproduction and Embryology annual meeting held in Lyon, France, earlier this month, suggests that a novel 'womb-on-a-chip' device may help to improve IVF success rates. The 2 millimetre wide chip, developed by Dr Teruo Fuji and colleagues at... [Read More]
Gene discovery may provide itch relief
31 July 2007 - by Ailsa Stevens
Researchers from Washington University School of Medicine in St Louis, US, are the first to discover a gene linked to itching. The findings, published in the journal Nature last week, may lead to a targeted drug treatment for people affected by chronic itching; a symptom associated with... [Read More]

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