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New study on CRISPR: the stake of unintended consequences in embryos
23 November 2020 - by Dr Patrick Foong
CRISPR-based genome editing has revolutionised molecular life sciences, however the ISSCR provides guidelines for responsible and ethical research to achieve safe and effective use... [Read More]
IVF Success: What Makes Scotland Special?
22 November 2020 - by Ana Hallgarten
The most recent event organised by PET highlighted the fantastic work that has taken place in Scotland for those in need of fertility treatment... [Read More]
Competition and Markets Authority consults on draft consumer law guidance for fertility clinics
16 November 2020 - by Debbie Kitcher-Jones
Consumer law gives important protections to fertility patients, as it does consumers in other markets. The CMA has provided guidance to help clinics providing fertility treatment to patients in the UK understand and comply with their existing obligations under consumer law... [Read More]
Relationship status does not affect outcome of cumulative donor insemination treatments
16 November 2020 - by Dr Kamal Ahuja and Professor Nick Macklon
A 13-year study of almost 9000 donor insemination treatments in 3333 consecutive patients at the London Women’s Clinic, reflects a rise of new types of family... [Read More]
FILM: Donate, Destroy or Delay? When IVF Embryos Are No Longer Needed for Treatment
9 November 2020 - by BioNews
This film documents a Progress Educational Trust event about what happens to unused embryos following the completion of fertility treatment... [Read More]
Lessons from Lockdown: How to Improve Support for Fertility Patients
9 November 2020 - by Dr Valerie Shaikly
On the day England went into its second national lockdown the Progress Educational Trust (PET), the charity that publishes BioNews, held a timely online event, provided a poignant review and discussion on the experience of fertility patients during the first national lockdown... [Read More]
Sperm donation: terms and conditions apply
9 November 2020 - by Professor Emily Jackson
It was recently reported that a sperm donor had sued a fertility clinic after discovering that his sperm had been used in the treatment of same-sex couples against his wishes... [Read More]
A Nobel for CRISPR genome editing – and for women scientists
2 November 2020 - by Professor Matthew Cobb
The widespread approval of the 2020 Nobel Prize in Chemistry is not just based on the enormous significance of the discovery, it is also because the award has been given to two women – the first time that this has happened for any Nobel prize... [Read More]
Fertility treatment and COVID-19: lessons from, and for, lockdown
2 November 2020 - by Sarah Norcross
As England prepares to enter another lockdown, which is expected to last for at least a month, PET is holding a free-to-attend online event exploring what lockdowns mean for fertility patients... [Read More]
Age-Old Question: Exploring Fertility and Ageing
26 October 2020 - by Annabel Slater
'Age and fertility - a topic that never gets old', said Sarah Norcross, excusing herself for the pun, as host at the latest PET event... [Read More]
How Old Is Too Old to Be a Parent?
26 October 2020 - by Dr Yvonne Collins
Fertility and ageing were the focus of the second instalment of a two-part event held online by the Progress Educational Trust... [Read More]
It's time to remove the ten-year limit on social egg freezing
26 October 2020 - by Dr John B Appleby
The UK's current law allows human eggs frozen for social reasons to be stored for a maximum of ten years. There are important arguments against this current limit... [Read More]
FILM: Known Unknowns - The Pros, Cons and Consequences of Known Donation
19 October 2020 - by BioNews
This film documents a Progress Educational Trust event about the recent growth of 'known donor' arrangements in sperm donation and egg donation... [Read More]
National Genomic Healthcare Strategy: a view from Genomics England
19 October 2020 - by Dr Richard Scott
Genomics is revolutionising the way we think about healthcare. This is perhaps a bold statement to quote from the National Genomics Healthcare Strategy but one I am fully invested in... [Read More]
New National Genomic Healthcare Strategy, Genome UK: does it go far enough?
19 October 2020 - by Louisa Ghevaert
The UK Government recently published a new genomic healthcare strategy. In doing so, it envisages creating the most advanced genomic healthcare system in the world and ensuring the UK remains a global leader in genetics and genomics... [Read More]
A pathway to nowhere? A critique of the National Academy of Sciences report on genome editing
12 October 2020 - by Dr Christopher Gyngell
The transformative impact of CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing was recognised last week, with the Nobel Prize being awarded to its founders Jennifer Doudna and Emmanuelle Charpentier... [Read More]
STEM 2020: the British Fertility Society's educational initiative for schools
12 October 2020 - by Kevin McEleny
The British Fertility Society has developed an educational package to increase students' awareness of the exciting, dynamic and rewarding careers that Life Sciences and Health Care can offer... [Read More]
Donate, Destroy or Delay? When IVF Embryos Are No Longer Needed for Treatment
5 October 2020 - by Dr Joanne Delange
The latest event organised by the Progress Educational Trust, the charity which publishes BioNews, explored what happens to unused embryos after patients have completed their fertility treatment... [Read More]
Ethics and egg freezing: some starters for ten
5 October 2020 - by Kate Harvey
Egg freezing is becoming more common in the UK, with a growing number of women deciding to freeze their eggs each year and, outside the UK, some even suggest that the technology has gone mainstream... [Read More]
FILM: Careful What You Look For - What Should We Be Testing For in Sperm and Egg Donors?
28 September 2020 - by BioNews
This film documents a Progress Educational Trust event about different ways of assessing the suitability of sperm and egg donors, including both traditional carrier screening and expanded carrier screening... [Read More]
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