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The future of fertility law: what must change and when?
21 January 2019 - by Dr Kirsty Horsey
The final session at the Progress Educational Trust's annual conference 'Make Do or Amend: Should We Update UK Fertility and Embryo Law?' continued the theme of looking to future reform of fertility law, as had the keynote address given by Sir James Munby... [Read More]
What is an 'add-on' and why does it matter?
21 January 2019 - by Dr Jane Stewart
The British Fertility Society along with a number of other professional associations and the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority published a joint document on the subject of IVF 'add-ons' last week... [Read More]
A patchwork of policies: assisted conception and embryo research in Europe
14 January 2019 - by Dr Nicoletta Charolidi
This session of the Progress Educational Trust's 2018 Annual Conference 'Make Do or Amend: Should We Update UK Fertility and Embryo Law?' gave an overview of the regulatory framework of assisted conception and embryo research in Europe... [Read More]
2019 at the Progress Educational Trust
7 January 2019 - by Sarah Norcross
PET welcomes its new Chair of Trustees and announces a packed programme of public events throughout the first few months of 2019... [Read More]
Science marches on: key scientific developments in embryo research
7 January 2019 - by Emma Laycock
'Science marches on' was the third session of the Progress Educational Trust (PET)'s Annual Conference 'Make Do or Amend: Should We Update UK Fertility and Embryo Law?'. The session focused on the key scientific developments within embryo research asking: where are we now, what can we learn from past battles and, most importantly, where are we going?... [Read More]
Society marches on: key social changes in assisted conception
7 January 2019 - by Eleanor Taylor
It has been ten years since the 1990 Human Fertilisation and Embryology (HFE) Act was updated in 2008. Over the past ten years the laws governing fertility treatment and legal parenthood have remained largely static. But society has continued to evolve at a rapid pace... [Read More]
Cautious optimism at the first live birth after womb transplant from deceased donor
17 December 2018 - by Dr Natasha Hammond-Browning
The news broke on the 4 December 2018 that clinicians had achieved a successful pregnancy and live birth following a uterus transplant from a deceased donor... [Read More]
Q&A with Sally Cheshire
17 December 2018 - by Dr Valerie Shaikly
A summary of the Q&A session with Sally Cheshire, Chair of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority, at the Progress Educational Trust's 2018 Annual Conference... [Read More]
The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act: Is it broke and should we fix it?
17 December 2018 - by Sally Cheshire
A Keynote Presentation given by Sally Cheshire, Chair of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority, at the Progress Educational Trust's 2018 Annual Conference... [Read More]
BioNews Christmas Appeal – We Need Your Help
10 December 2018 - by Sarah Norcross
Thanks to all of you who have made a donation to our Christmas Appeal. We have yet to reach our target’ so please donate if you have not already done so - all donations, whatever their size, are gratefully received and really do make a difference to a small charity like the Progress Educational Trust (PET)... [Read More]
New science, new families, old law: is the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act fit for purpose?
10 December 2018 - by Sir James Munby
A Keynote Presentation given by Sir James Munby, former President of the Family Division of the High Court of Justice, at the Progress Educational Trust's 2018 Annual Conference... [Read More]
Why the UK High Court has granted non-parentage in a case of embryo adoption
10 December 2018 - by Anest Mathias
The High Court has granted a declaration of non-parentage, in a case where an unmarried couple had a baby using embryo adoption in Spain... [Read More]
BioNews CRISPR Appeal
3 December 2018 - by Sarah Norcross
This week the world's media has been gripped by the birth of what are purported to be the world's first genome-edited babies... [Read More]
Genome editing in humans could become both ethical and prudent if properly regulated
3 December 2018 - by Professor John Harris
The announcement that Chinese scientists had genetically edited two embryos resulting in genome-edited human babies has occasioned outrage. My first reaction is that this action (if true) is both premature and reckless... [Read More]
I remember where I was when I heard about the world's first genome-edited babies
3 December 2018 - by Dr Andy Greenfield
I remember where I was when I first heard about the deaths of Elvis and John Lennon, and about the planes that flew into the Twin Towers. Now, I can add to that list where I was when the news broke of the birth of two genome-edited babies. [Read More]
BioNews Christmas appeal
26 November 2018 - by Sarah Norcross
BioNews is published by the charity Progress Educational Trust (PET), and we are firmly committed to keeping BioNews FREE for everybody to read... [Read More]
First genome-edited babies: a very different perception of ethics
26 November 2018 - by Dr Dusko Ilic
Back in 18th century, British physician Dr Edward Jenner tested his hypothesis that harmless cowpox can prevent deadly smallpox disease on a young boy in exchange for a few coins to his poor parents. In 2018, a Chinese researcher Dr He Jiankui tested genome editing on human embryos in exchange for free IVF treatment. But that's where the parallels end... [Read More]
Why does Canada tax eggs and not sperm?
26 November 2018 - by Vanessa Gruben
In Canada, the purchase of human sperm and eggs is currently illegal under the Assisted Human Reproduction Act. Yet there are many commercial transactions involving sperm and eggs occurring across the border. Indeed, importers such as Can-Am Cryoservices run a thriving business importing sperm and eggs from sperm and egg banks outside of Canada, like Fairfax Egg Bank in the United States... [Read More]
FILM: How Do We Make Genomics Everybody's Business?
19 November 2018 - by BioNews
This film documents the Progress Educational Trust/Genomics England event 'How Do We Make Genomics Everybody's Business?', which formed part of the Genomics Conversation... [Read More]
Salvation through legislation?
19 November 2018 - by Dr Raj Mathur
Is a proposed bill to the UK parliament to defend the 'welfare of women' undergoing fertility treatment really the right way to address the debate over 'mild' and 'conventional' IVF? I raised my concerns over what I see as an unjustified backlash against conventional IVF in my BioNews commentary last month... [Read More]
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