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NHS provision of IVF: the fight goes on
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NHS provision of IVF: the fight goes on
28 August 2007 - by Clare Lewis-Jones MBE
The continuing lack of public funding to help many UK couples affected by infertility was highlighted recently by a new survey, carried out by Infertility Network UK (I N UK) (See BioNews 420). Both as patient organisations CHILD and ISSUE, prior to our merger in 2003 to form I N... [Read More]
Victoria considers New Zealand approach to embryo donation
28 August 2007 - by Antony Starza-Allen
The Australian state of Victoria is considering plans to allow couples who are donating embryos to choose the recipient parents. As part of the donation process, couples would be required to meet with prospective parents, making embryo donation in the state more like adoption. Victoria's Infertility Treatment... [Read More]
Mouse-model hints at OCD gene
28 August 2007 - by Ailsa Stevens
Studies on brain signals in mice have lead to the discovery of a gene - Sapap3 - which may be linked to obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) in humans, according to a study published in the journal Nature last week. Researchers at Duke University Medical Centre in North Carolina, reported... [Read More]
Soaring obesity levels may trigger infertility crisis
28 August 2007 - by Katy Sinclair
By Katy Sinclair: A Lancet report has warned that the soaring levels of obesity in the western world will lead to a major infertility crisis in women. Commenting on the findings, Bill Ledger, Professor of Obstetrics at the University of Sheffield, warned that in the next decade the number of... [Read More]
Missouri's cloning laws under threat
28 August 2007 - by Antony Starza-Allen
An initiative to prohibit research involving somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT) - so-called 'therapeutic cloning' - in Missouri has been proposed, by a group calling itself 'Cures Without Cloning'. Missourians narrowly voted in favour for an amendment to their constitution last November permitting the allocation of state funding for... [Read More]
Sperm exchanged for free fertility treatment
28 August 2007 - by Ailsa Stevens
The Glasgow Centre for Reproductive Medicine (GCRM) has begun accepting sperm donation as 'payment in kind' for fertility treatment, in a pioneering new approach aimed at combating severe sperm shortages in Scotland. It is thought that nationwide shortages were partly triggered by a change in the UK... [Read More]
Gene-environment interaction linked to asthma
28 July 2008 - by Ailsa Stevens
Traffic fumes may trigger asthma in children who are genetically susceptible to the disease, according to a study published in the journal Thorax last week. The researchers, based at the University of Southern California, found that children who carried variations in the gene GSTP1, coupled with elevated... [Read More]

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