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Let's grasp this opportunity to examine the potential future of screening
11 November 2019 - by Nick Meade and Dr Jayne Spink
Twenty thousand babies are to have their genomes sequenced at birth in an NHS-based pilot announced by Matt Hancock on Monday 4 November at the Genomics England Research Conference... [Read More]
Trouble in store?
4 November 2019 - by Eleri Williams
The Progress Educational Trust (PET) event 'Trouble in Store? How Not to Break the Law when Storing Embryos and Gametes' took place at Hill Dickinson LLP in London on 29 October 2019... [Read More]
Uterus transplantation: five years on from the world's first birth
4 November 2019 - by Dr Natasha Hammond-Browning
Five years ago, on 3 October 2014, the world's first birth following a uterus transplant was announced. Born in Sweden, baby Vincent's arrival made global headlines, and was followed by further births from the Swedish trial... [Read More]
PET's #ExtendTheLimit campaign to change the storage limit for social egg freezing launches
28 October 2019 - by Dr Catherine Hill
Increasing numbers of women in the UK are facing the stark choice of having to destroy their frozen eggs or become a mother before they are ready to do so because of an outdated law... [Read More]
Why the Law Commissions' consultation paper on surrogacy reform was incomplete
28 October 2019 - by Dr Calum MacKellar
The Law Commissions of Scotland and England and Wales' joint consultation on surrogacy reform has now closed to responses... [Read More]
Assisted reproduction crime network in Greece highlights need for monitoring surrogacy
21 October 2019 - by Dr Katia Neofytou
This September, news broke of the dismantling of an organised crime group involved in illegal adoptions, egg-selling and commercial surrogacy in Thessaloniki, Greece... [Read More]
We need to talk about the artificial womb
14 October 2019 - by Elizabeth Chloe Romanis
This week, researchers based at the University of Technology in Eindhoven announced they had received Horizon 2020 funding to build their artificial womb prototype... [Read More]
Re TT and YY: When a 'Father' is a 'Mother'.
7 October 2019 - by Liam Davis
The High Court decided that a trans man could not be named as a 'father' on his child's birth certificate because he gave birth. Instead, he had to be named as the 'mother'... [Read More]
Do the Law Commissions' proposals for surrogacy reform have the child's welfare at heart?
30 September 2019 - by Dr Catherine Hill
Can law reform solve surrogacy's problems? That was the big question at the start of the Progress Educational Trust (PET) and the Scottish Government's joint public event in Edinburgh on 24 September 2019... [Read More]
Why bioethics around artificial reproductive technology are not just women's issues
23 September 2019 - by Peter Bigelow
In law school I took a family law seminar on artificial reproductive technology. It was a fascinating class and one of my favourites. Interestingly, I was the only male in the class, and surprisingly was the only male to have ever taken the class... [Read More]
Forgeries of Happiness: Dishonesty and Deceit in IVF
16 September 2019 - by James Lawford Davies and Eleri Williams
Happily fraud, dishonesty and forgery are seldom features of IVF treatment. But on rare occasions (and for widely differing reasons), some patients are not wholly transparent or honest in their engagement with clinics... [Read More]
Selfish and septuagenarian: when do reproductive rights end?
16 September 2019 - by Dr Anna Smajdor
A woman in India has given birth to twins. In itself, nothing particularly worth reporting there. Women give birth to babies all the time... [Read More]
Everything you wanted to know about genomics but were afraid to ask
9 September 2019 - by Eleanor Taylor
The Progress Educational Trust (PET), which publishes BioNews, held a public event at Manchester's Science and Industry Museum to discuss genomics... [Read More]
Response to 'Ovarian tissue grafts to combat the menopause' by Dr Melanie Davies
9 September 2019 - by Yousri Afifi, Professor Arri Coomarasamy, Professor Christiani Amorim, Dr Hajra Khattak, Dr Manal Elgendy and Professor Simon Fishel
Due to the limited space offered by BioNews we can only take up a few but highly significant points raised by Dr Melanie Davies... [Read More]
Human-animal chimeras: should other countries follow Japan's lead?
2 September 2019 - by Dr Patrick Foong
Under the new Japanese guidelines, a Japanese scientist, Dr Hiromitsu Nakauchi, is the first to receive government approval to produce animal embryos that have human cells and transplant them into surrogate animals... [Read More]
Single mother families formed through assisted reproduction: the evidence
27 August 2019 - by Dr Sophie Zadeh
Last week's news that public funds for assisted reproduction are not being made available to single women in South East London piqued my interest... [Read More]
Baby Cotton onwards: UK surrogacy law needs to keep pace
26 August 2019 - by Kim Cotton
The birth of my surrogate daughter Baby Cotton triggered the 1985 Surrogacy Act which was hastily rushed through the UK Parliament as a knee jerk reaction to public opinion, which was generated by sensationalised newspaper headlines... [Read More]
Do proposals to reform UK surrogacy law go far enough?
19 August 2019 - by Natalie Gamble
The Law Commission's provisional proposals for surrogacy law reform seek a delicate balance, but do they go far enough? ... [Read More]
Ovarian tissue grafts to combat the menopause
19 August 2019 - by Melanie Davies
Ovarian tissue freezing is offered to some young cancer patients to preserve their fertility before chemotherapy or radiotherapy... [Read More]
Reform of surrogacy law: some thoughts
12 August 2019 - by Sir James Munby
There is widespread agreement that the legislation governing surrogacy is seriously out of date and not fit for purpose. Much has changed since 1985, not least the enormous changes in social attitudes which have had such an impact on what we think of as a family... [Read More]
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