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Funding for IVF in the UK: Over four years of waiting
27 May 2008 - by Clare Lewis-Jones MBE
I thank BioNews for giving me another opportunity to highlight the fact that not just one or two, not just a hundred or so, not just several hundred, but probably thousands of couples who need assisted conception treatment such as IVF or ICSI in order to have a child are... [Read More]
Half-Truths?: The science, politics and morality of hybrid embryos
27 May 2008 - by Ailsa Stevens
The creation of human admixed or 'hybrid' embryos - which contain both human and animal material - is perhaps the most controversial aspect of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology (HFE) Bill, and is an issue on which UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown bowed to pressure for a free vote by MPs, following... [Read More]
Disgraced stem cell scientist to offer dog cloning services
27 May 2008 - by Antony Starza-Allen
US company BioArts International has teamed up with disgraced South Korean scientist Hwang Woo-Suk to offer dog cloning services to the public. Five dog owners will be given the opportunity to have their pet cloned in a worldwide auction on 18 June this year, where bidding will... [Read More]
UK Parliament rejects the 'need for a father' in IVF treatment
27 May 2008 - by Dr Rachael Panizzo
The House of Commons has rejected a proposed amendment to the new Human Fertilisation and Embryology (HFE) Bill, requiring fertility clinics to consider the 'need for a father' prior to IVF treatment. After a lengthy debate, MPs voted 292 to 217 against the amendment, a majority of... [Read More]
New 'barcode' technique to study gene activity
27 May 2008 - by Stuart Scott
Researchers at the University of Queensland, Australia, have developed a technique to digitally barcode gene activity, handing scientists a uniquely powerful tool for the prediction and prevention of disease. The fluorescent 'nano-string' is simply added to blood where it binds to a molecule of the researchers' choice... [Read More]
Widow fights for right to use late husband's sperm to conceive
27 May 2008 - by Evelyn Harvey
A legal fight by a UK woman to have a child using sperm taken from her husband after his death is underway. The case highlights the need for regulatory clarity on the issue, which first came to prominence in 1995 when Diane Blood won the right to... [Read More]
UK MPs vote to allow 'admixed' embryo research
27 May 2008 - by Katy Sinclair
By Katy Sinclair: The UK Government has defeated a bid to prevent the creation of human admixed embryos, after a cross-party attempt to ban the controversial research was lost by 336 votes to 176. The vote followed the debate stage of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill. Amendments to ban... [Read More]
UK Parliament legislates 'saviour sibling' treatment
27 May 2008 - by MacKenna Roberts
UK MPs have rejected amendments that sought to outlaw the creation of 'saviour siblings'- babies conceived following embryo testing to ensure their cord blood will provide tissue-matched stem cells for an existing sick child. The controversial clause, contained within the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill before the... [Read More]

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