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It's a bumper harvest – but what about consent?
24 September 2018 - by Dr Anna Smajdor
In the wake of a recent Mail on Sunday article, one might wonder if there are grounds for moving from a small-scale subsistence-type approach to the harvest, to a more industrial approach. No, we are not talking about vegetables here, but… sperm... [Read More]
Battle-worn: Setting up a multi-centre, randomised, controlled trial in the UK
17 September 2018 - by Professor Roy Homburg and Dr Albert Opoku
Why has clinical evidence on IVF 'add-ons' not been forthcoming?... [Read More]
How do we make genomics everybody's business?
10 September 2018 - by Alexander Ware
This Progress Educational Trust/Genomics England event concerned the imminent completion of the 100,000 Genomes Project, and the upcoming launch of the new national NHS Genomic Medicine Service... [Read More]
HFEA launches first National Fertility Patient Survey
3 September 2018 - by Yuba Bessaoud
The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) has today launched the first-ever National Fertility Patient Survey. The objective is to give the UK's fertility patients an unprecedented chance to have their say... [Read More]
The significance of fertility: A landmark ruling on posthumous conception
3 September 2018 - by Louisa Ghevaert
The recently published case of Y v A Healthcare NHS Trust is a unique and important legal ruling on posthumous conception in the UK. The decision sends an important message that individual fertility and reproductive legacy, and not just property, can warrant protection... [Read More]
Uterus transplantation in Lebanon: Could it make women more vulnerable?
28 August 2018 - by Dr Hazar Haidar
The first successful uterine transplant in Lebanon, the Middle East and North Africa, was announced by Lebanon’s health minister Ghassan Hasbani last month at the Bellevue Medical Centre in Beirut... [Read More]
Why Canada court's ruling on contested embryo is wrong – but also right
28 August 2018 - by Sara Cohen
Over the past couple of weeks, much ink has been spilled over the recent Ontario Superior Court decision, SH v. DH (see BioNews 961).  It is precedent-setting in Ontario and across Canada, being the first published decision determining who may use frozen embryos upon the dissolution of a marriage... [Read More]
What does genome editing mean for Down's syndrome?
20 August 2018 - by Professor Robin Lovell-Badge
The recent Nuffield Council on Bioethics report 'Genome Editing and Human Reproduction: Social and Ethical Issues' has been both welcomed and criticised... [Read More]
Let's get fertility preservation right for everyone
13 August 2018 - by Dr Sue Avery
The UK's Equality and Human Rights Commission is threatening legal action if 'outdated' NHS policies, which it says discriminate against the transgender community, are not changed urgently. Specifically, it is concerned that trans people should have equal access to fertility preservation services... [Read More]
FILM: With Great Genomic Data Comes Great Responsibility
6 August 2018 - by BioNews
This film documents the Progress Educational Trust/Genomics England event 'With Great Genomic Data Comes Great Responsibility', which formed part of the Genomics Conversation... [Read More]
Why it's time to define serious and significant genetic conditions
6 August 2018 - by Dr Mair Crouch
Rapid advances in the field of genetics give one a sense of needing to address the issue of what constitutes a 'serious and significant' genetic condition and to seek a broad definition. I will endeavour here to outline some scenarios to illustrate how a definition might help... [Read More]
The Nuffield report on genome editing and the equality of persons
30 July 2018 - by Dr Calum MacKellar
A lot of hard work was invested into the UK's Nuffield Council on Bioethics' new, pioneering, report entitled 'Genome Editing and Human Reproduction: Social and ethical issues'. But a lot more work is still necessary to gain an appropriate overview of inheritable genome editing since a number of ethical arguments are missing from the report... [Read More]
The social pioneers of egg freezing are facing tough choices
30 July 2018 - by Dr Zeynep Gurtin, Venessa Smith and Dr Kamal Ahuja
As the phenomenon of egg freezing grows, with increasing numbers of women electing to freeze their gametes in the UK each year, so do discussions of the ethical and social aspects of this practice. Currently, one of the most urgent questions concerns the 10-year storage limit for frozen eggs. [Read More]
Happy birthday to Louise Brown: BFS Chair, Dr Jane Stewart, reflects on 40 years of IVF
25 July 2018 - by Dr Jane Stewart
Louise Brown is an extraordinary woman. Extraordinary by virtue of her conception – the first IVF baby. On 25 July 2018 Louise Brown and the world are celebrating her 40th Birthday. [Read More]
Genome editing and human reproduction: The Nuffield Council on Bioethics' report
23 July 2018 - by Dr Peter Mills
Judging from the coverage of the latest Nuffield Council on Bioethics report, 'Genome Editing and Human Reproduction: Social and ethical issues', the subject of altering genetic inheritance in humans has become no less incandescent in recent years... [Read More]
Subfertility deserves attention, but not because it is a disease
16 July 2018 - by Dr Rebecca Brown
Subfertility provides an example of why it can be so difficult to determine exactly what makes something a disease... [Read More]
Australia's careful step towards legalising mitochondrial donation
9 July 2018 - by Dr Ainsley Newson
Mitochondrial donation has seeded a growing literature in bioethics, law and the social sciences. This technology, which introduces third-party mitochondria to an embryo or oocyte, has contributed to many long-standing social and ethical questions... [Read More]
FILM: Dr Roger Highfield in conversation with Baroness Mary Warnock
9 July 2018 - by BioNews
Baroness Mary Warnock, Patron of the Progress Educational Trust, discusses how she and her colleagues built the foundations of today's IVF and embryo research regulation... [Read More]
How do we deal with big genomic data responsibly?
9 July 2018 - by Charlott Repschlager
The latest event organised by the Progress Educational Trust, 'With great genomic data comes great responsibility', came at a perfect time... [Read More]
Dr Roy Farquharson: On ESHRE, big data, IVF, and the downsides of taking a kilt to a conference
2 July 2018 - by Shaoni Bhattacharya
Dr Roy Farquharson, chair of the European Society for Human Reproduction and Embryology, spoke exclusively to BioNews ahead of Europe's biggest embryology and reproductive medicine conference, which opened on Sunday 1 July in Barcelona, Spain. With up to 12,000 participants expected, ESHRE's annual conference will be the largest in the society's 34-year history... [Read More]
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