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One for sorrow
18 October 2021 - by Professor Darren Griffin
A personal memoir and tribute to Professor Joy Delhanty. Mentor, scientist, friend... [Read More]
The emergence and global spread of non-invasive prenatal testing
18 October 2021 - by Marie-Christine Roy, Professor Vardit Ravitsky, Dr Hazar Haidar, Professor Lidewij Henneman, John Marshall, Professor Ainsley Newson, Dr Olivia Ngan, and Tamar Nov-Klaiman
Non-invasive prenatal testing, a prenatal screening test analysing fetal DNA in a blood sample from the pregnant person, has become available in more than 60 countries since its introduction ten years ago... [Read More]
Advances in Assisted Reproduction: What Can We Expect?
11 October 2021 - by Annabel Slater
Sarah Norcross, director of the Progress Educational Trust, invited the audience of the event to consider where assisted reproductive technologies stood 55 years ago... [Read More]
Public perspectives on stem-cell-based human embryo models
11 October 2021 - by Ana Pereira Daoud
Our scientific understanding of early human embryogenesis is the product of costly trade-offs... [Read More]
A storage solution for embryos and gametes?
4 October 2021 - by Eleri Williams
To the relief of many patients and those working in the IVF sector, the Department of Health and Social Care announced on 6 September 2021 that the storage limit for embryos and gametes would be extended from ten years to a maximum of 55 years with a renewal every ten-years... [Read More]
#ExtendTheLimit: What Now For Egg Freezing?
4 October 2021 - by Zaina Mahmoud
Following the #ExtendTheLimit campaign and petition led by the Progress Educational Trust, the UK Government announced proposals to increase the time limit on storage of frozen eggs, sperm and embryos from ten years to a renewable ten year limit capped at a maximum of 55 years, irrespective of medical need... [Read More]
FILM: #ExtendTheLimit presentation by Baroness Ruth Deech
4 October 2021 - by BioNews
This presentation was given at the Progress Educational Trust event '#ExtendTheLimit: What Now For Egg Freezing?'... [Read More]
New Zealand fast-tracks consideration of surrogacy law reform
27 September 2021 - by Dr Debra Wilson
In November 2020 the New Zealand Law Commission|Te Aka Matua o te Ture announced that a Review of Surrogacy laws had been added to its work programme... [Read More]
Welcoming surrogacy opportunities in England and Wales
27 September 2021 - by Dr Kirsty Horsey, Dr Kamal Ahuja and Professor Nick Macklon
BioNews readers may have seen the news reports on surrogacy last week which showed that there has been an almost fourfold increase in the numbers of parental orders over the last decade... [Read More]
Settlement reached against Canadian fertility doctor who used his own sperm… but no criminal charges
20 September 2021 - by Sara Cohen
Many readers will have heard about the case of Dr Norman Barwin from Ontario, Canada, who, from the early 1970s until the 2010s, allegedly inseminated hundreds of his patients with his own sperm or the wrong sperm... [Read More]
FILM: Egg Freezing – Stopping the Clock
13 September 2021 - by BioNews
As the UK Government announces its intention to extend gamete and embryo storage limits, watch this short film about the campaign that led to this announcement – the #ExtendTheLimit campaign, led by the Progress Educational Trust... [Read More]
From ten to 55 years, what does the extension in the storage time on frozen eggs mean?
13 September 2021 - by Dr Kylie Baldwin
After several years of campaigning to #extendthelimit on the storage period of eggs frozen for social reasons, I like many welcomed the recent government announcement to change the maximum storage time from ten years to a maximum of 55 years... [Read More]
After our campaign, egg storage law comes out of the cold
6 September 2021 - by Sarah Norcross
We at the Progress Educational Trust are delighted that our #ExtendTheLimit campaign, to extend the ten-year storage limit for eggs frozen for non-medical or 'social' reasons, has succeeded – insofar as it now has Government backing... [Read More]
Apps for patients undergoing fertility treatment promoted with unsupported claims
6 September 2021 - by Dr Isla Robertson and Professor Ying Cheong
There is currently a proliferation of mobile health apps in the women's health and fertility sectors… [Read More]
Medical and social inequalities behind racial disparities in fertility outcomes
31 August 2021 - by Dr Alka Prakash and Mrs Uma Gordon
A recent Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority report has indicated that people from black, Asian and ethnic minority backgrounds undergoing fertility treatment are less likely to have a baby, with black patients having the lowest chances of successful treatment... [Read More]
Improving sperm cell analysis: A new WHO manual
23 August 2021 - by Professor Christopher Barratt and Ana Vasconcelos
The wait is over…. The new WHO Semen Analysis manual – version six – is now live!... [Read More]
Report recommends more scrutiny for direct-to-consumer genomic tests
16 August 2021 - by Rachel Horton and Professor Anneke Lucassen
Direct-to-consumer genomic testing is a thriving market – for example by June 2020, 23andMe had sold over a quarter of a million testing kits in the UK... [Read More]
FILM: Changing the Human Genome – What Next for Germline Genome Editing?
9 August 2021 - by BioNews
This film documents a Progress Educational Trust event about the World Health Organisation's recent publications on human genome editing... [Read More]
IVF add-ons: are they supported by evidence?
9 August 2021 - by Sarah Lensen
IVF add-ons are procedures, techniques or medicines which can be used in addition to standard IVF protocols. They are usually offered by IVF clinics, and used by patients, with the hope that they will improve the chance of IVF success... [Read More]
Relationship breakdown during fertility treatment: What happens to my embryo?
2 August 2021 - by Sarah Wood-Heath
Since 1991, the number of IVF cycles has increased significantly with success rates also growing… [Read More]
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