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CONTENTS Issue #568
Celebrating 20 years of preimplantation genetic diagnosis
TV Review: Cutting Edge - My Weird and Wonderful Family
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Celebrating 20 years of preimplantation genetic diagnosis
23 July 2010 - by Professor Alan Handyside
At the beginning of this month, following the European Society for Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE) annual meeting in Rome, a workshop was held to celebrate 20 years of preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD)... [Read More]
Researchers predict IVF success from previous cycles
26 July 2010 - by Dr Charlotte Maden
A mathematical model for predicting a couple's chances of a successful pregnancy by IVF after one failed attempt has been developed by US researchers. The model is 1000 times more accurate at predicting a positive outcome than standard methods, which are mainly based on a woman's age. The model may help clinics give more personalised and reliable advice to couples... [Read More]
US Government body criticises genetic test firms
26 July 2010 - by Chris Chatterton
Direct-to-consumer genetic tests were called into question by the US authorities last week. An undercover investigation by the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) found that test results were often inaccurate and misleading.... [Read More]
Birth of white baby to black parents, geneticists intrigued
26 July 2010 - by Harriet Vickers
A black Nigerian couple have given birth to a white baby. With blonde curly hair and blue eyes, the girl's appearance has prompted several theories as to its genetic cause... [Read More]
Rush of applicants, as Quebec begins funded IVF treatment
26 July 2010 - by Seil Collins
The provincial government of Quebec is fulfilling its promise to provide free IVF treatment, with the service becoming available on 5 August 2010. Prospective patients are already lining up to register for the programme, but specialists warn the government's plan is premature and ill thought-out.... [Read More]
Slight cancer risk for IVF babies
26 July 2010 - by Victoria Kay
Children born following IVF are more likely to develop childhood cancers than children conceived naturally, according to a new study. This risk does, however, appear to be small and may result from specific postnatal factors... [Read More]
Spanish clinic allows IVF embryo donation 'without consent'
26 July 2010 - by Antony Starza-Allen
A fertility clinic in Spain is offering patients the option of using embryos 'left-over' from previous treatments without the donors' explicit consent, the Telegraph reports. The Instituto Marques clinic near Barcelona, which provides fertility treatment to foreign couples, runs an 'embryo adoption scheme'... [Read More]
Study sheds light on why MRC did not fund first 'test tube' baby
26 July 2010 - by Chris Chatterton
New research reveals why the UK's Medical Research Council (MRC) failed to fund research leading to the birth of the first in vitro fertilisation and embryo transfer (IVFET) baby. The MRC rejected Dr Robert Edwards and Dr Patrick Steptoe's original grant application for 'studies on Human Reproduction' in 1971... [Read More]
New breed of fertility watchdog on way
26 July 2010 - by Dr Vivienne Raper
The UK's fertility watchdog, the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA), could be split up as the Government's 'bonfire of the quangos' continues.... [Read More]
TV Review: Cutting Edge - My Weird and Wonderful Family
26 July 2010 - by Sarah Norcross
'Cutting Edge goes behind the headlines to intimately portray how gay millionaires Tony and Barrie Drewitt-Barlow's determination to have more children has affected them and their kids' said the teaser on the Channel 4 website. If I hadn't known this programme involved surrogacy, I would have dismissed it as yet another reality show about out-of-control children... [Read More]

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