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CONTENTS Issue #593
No 'brownie points' for ill-conceived Donation Review
Regulators and embryologists aren't buddies
Event Review: The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008 - A Multidisciplinary Workshop
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No 'brownie points' for ill-conceived Donation Review
31 January 2011 - by Professor Eric Blyth, Dr Marilyn Crawshaw, Dr Lucy Frith, Dr Caroline Jones and Dr Nina Martin
While the HFEA's motivation in undertaking this review is understandable, we consider that there are significant problems with the public consultation. First, there are a number of technical problems with the presentation: the consultation appears to be unavailable to anyone without access to the Internet; the background information provided by the HFEA, ostensibly to enlighten respondents... [Read More]
Regulators and embryologists aren't buddies
31 January 2011 - by Dr John Gillott
The presentation of a public consensus and common purpose between regulator and scientists needs critical scrutiny. In reality, some of the claims made to support this consensus are vigorously contested... [Read More]
ESHRE report on assisted reproduction within families published
31 January 2011 - by Nishat Hyder
The European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE) has published a position paper on intrafamilial medically assisted reproduction (IMAR) concluding that the practice is 'morally acceptable' in some circumstances.... [Read More]
Women should be given better fertility information, suggests report
31 January 2011 - by Dr Tamara Hirsch
A recent review paper has emphasised the need for improved provision of fertility information, especially regarding age-associated risks, as the trend for women having children later in life continues.... [Read More]
Gene linked to the spread of cancer: Breakthrough or hype?
31 January 2011 - by Leo Perfect
Scientists from the University of East Anglia have discovered a gene that appears to play an important role in the spread of cancer... [Read More]
NHS failing to carry out FH screening, says report
31 January 2011 - by Chris Chatterton
An audit of 122 NHS sites across the UK by the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) has found that screening for familial hypercholesterolaemia (FH) is very patchy. The report suggests that around 120,000 people have the condition in the UK, but that 85 percent are unaware they have it, which equates to about 100,000 people.... [Read More]
Chinese boost to Human Variome Project
31 January 2011 - by Sujatha Jayakody
China committed US$300 million to the world's first database of all genetic variations linked to human disease this month... [Read More]
Having IVF treatment? Try clowning around
31 January 2011 - by Dr Lux Fatimathas
Israeli researchers have shown a correlation between successful IVF (in vitro fertilisation) and 'medical clowning'. In a small-scale study a 'medical clown' was used to entertain women immediately following embryo implantation. A rise in the pregnancy rate was observed in the women subjected to medical clowning compared to controls... [Read More]
Judge says 'octomum' doctor should be allowed to see patients
31 January 2011 - by Kyrillos Georgiadis
A US judge has recommended that Dr Michael Kamrava, a Beverly Hills fertility doctor responsible for providing IVF to 'Octomum' Ms Nadya Suleman, should be allowed to continue practising as a doctor.... [Read More]
IVF risks need to be highlighted and better reported, suggests editorial
31 January 2011 - by Dr Lucy Freem
Deaths related to IVF treatment should be better reported to stop them increasing, say the authors of a British Medical Journal (BMJ) editorial. The editorial argues IVF may be riskier than unassisted pregnancy or abortion, although deaths related to IVF remain rare... [Read More]
High Court allows surrogate mother to keep baby
31 January 2011 - by Antony Starza-Allen
A UK surrogate who changed her mind about handing over a baby to a couple has been allowed to keep the child, the High Court has ruled.... [Read More]
Study finds genetic commonality between Celiac disease and Crohn's disease
31 January 2011 - by Dr Jay Stone
An international team of scientists has discovered that people with celiac disease and Crohn's disease share a number of common genetic loci. The researchers carried out a combined meta-analysis of genome-wide association study (GWAS) data from two large studies, one on each condition, and identified four 'risk loci' in common... [Read More]
Event Review: The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008 - A Multidisciplinary Workshop
31 January 2011 - by Sarah Norcross
When the invitation to this event dropped into my inbox, I immediately replied 'yes please'. This academic workshop of around 30 participants covered the legislative and policymaking process, and subsequent impact of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology (HFE) Act 2008... [Read More]

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