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Time waits for no man: the impact of age on male fertility
21 May 2018 - by Annabel Slater
It's a first for the Progress Educational Trust - an event dedicated solely to male fertility: Time Waits for No Man... [Read More]
Is genetic relatedness worth the risks and costs of mitochondrial replacement?
14 May 2018 - by Dr Owen Schaefer
Amid international debate on mitochondrial donation, Singapore's Bioethics Advisory Committee has prompted much discussion nationally over the issue... [Read More]
The case for mandatory fertility counselling
8 May 2018 - by Anthony Ryb
Should everyone stepping through their doctor's door enquiring about fertility treatment receive a counselling session? Probably not, although in most situations it would certainly be useful for them. Should everyone who has decided to go ahead with fertility treatment receive a counselling session prior to starting treatment? In my opinion, that is a definite yes... [Read More]
Baroness Mary Warnock interview: on the 14-day rule, philosophers as committee chairs, and the next report
30 April 2018 - by Shaoni Bhattacharya
Almost 34 years ago, Baroness Mary Warnock headed up a committee whose report was to form the basis for the legislation and regulation of IVF and embryo research the world over... [Read More]
The HFEA Code of Practice is being updated – here's how to get involved
30 April 2018 - by Laura Riley
An updated edition of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) Code of Practice is currently open for consultation, until Friday 1 June... [Read More]
Campaign for UK Parliament to extend the 10-year storage limit on egg freezing
23 April 2018 - by Professor Joyce Harper, Dr Kylie Baldwin, Dr Lucy Van de Wiel and Professor Jacky Boivin
In the UK, the storage limit for eggs frozen for social reasons is currently limited to ten years: too short for healthy young women wanting to preserve their opportunities to conceive later in life... [Read More]
The Real Cost of IVF
16 April 2018 - by Dr Nicoletta Charolidi
'The Real Cost of IVF' event organised by Progress Educational Trust (PET), despite its an ambiguous title, had a very specific purpose: to acknowledge, discuss, and to raise awareness of the emotional and psychological price paid by people who undergo fertility treatment... [Read More]
How blockchain technology can stop misuse of personal genomic data
9 April 2018 - by Dr Axel Schumacher
Reading Debbie Kennett's recent comment article on personal genetic testing (see BioNews 939), I found myself in complete agreement... [Read More]
Putting your genome to work: for the NHS, for industry, for the UK post-Brexit
9 April 2018 - by Jennifer Willows
The Progress Educational Trust event 'Putting Your Genome to Work: For the NHS, for Industry, for the UK Post-Brexit' took place at Amnesty International in London on 21 March 2018... [Read More]
Single parent surrogacy: The Government must heed Parliament's warning
26 March 2018 - by Natalie Gamble
The Government is in the process of changing the law to allow single parents with a child through surrogacy to apply for a parental order... [Read More]
Unscrambling HFEA data on egg freezing: Where are the missing eggs?
26 March 2018 - by Dr Zeynep Gürtin
Last week, the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority released its much-anticipated report 'Fertility Treatment 2014-2016 - Trends and Figures', providing the latest available data regarding fertility treatments in the UK [Read More]
Back to basics: Improve access to fertility care by subtracting the 'add-ons'
19 March 2018 - by Richard Kennedy
The global burden of infertility has been estimated as 48 million. As we approach the 40th anniversary of the birth of Louise Brown, the first child conceived following IVF, it is timely to reflect on the global revolution of assisted reproduction services... [Read More]
Courts uphold donor conceived child's existing relationships
12 March 2018 - by Jessica Smith
The recent landmark Court of Appeal case Re G – where the biological grandparents of a child born from donor sperm have been granted contact with the child – has been a hot topic of discussion among the legal and mainstream press... [Read More]
The silent seed
5 March 2018 - by Dr Anna Smajdor
A person's death need no longer spell the end of his or her future reproductive possibilities. A dead or dying person can have their reproductive tissue removed to enable someone else to have a child... [Read More]
Personal genetic testing and the implications for the donor conception community
26 February 2018 - by Debbie Kennett
2017 was the year that personal genetic testing took off in a big way... [Read More]
We need progress in French ART law
19 February 2018 - by Catherine Rongieres
The first law on Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) was passed in France in 1994 as part of the so-called 'bioethics legislation', which followed other European countries' legislation, such as the UK's 1990 Human Fertilisation and Embryology act. France's law which placed much tighter constraints on individuals access to ARTs than the UK... [Read More]
A scramble for headlines or an optimistic (sunny side up) contribution to research on fertility preservation?
12 February 2018 - by Professor Robin Lovell-Badge
The problem of fertility preservation for girls and women undergoing cancer treatments has been a subject of research for many decades. The recent study by McLaughlin and colleagues from Professor Evelyn Telfer's lab at the University of Edinburgh, UK, is aimed at finding a solution to this problem, with the claim that they have produced mature human egg cells in the lab for the first time... [Read More]
Beyond the Mediterranean diet: Improving IVF success in women with higher BMI
5 February 2018 - by Dr Thanos Papathanasiou
Being a healthy weight, eating a varied diet with plenty of fruit and vegetables, taking regular exercise and cutting alcohol – is all good advice for everyone. But the direct influence on these factors on the fertility of both men and women, highlighted this week by a study suggesting a 'Mediterranean diet' in women can boost IVF success rates is now becoming better understood... [Read More]
Hopes and dreams for the new law on assisted human reproduction in Ireland
29 January 2018 - by Fiona Duffy
The Minister for Health in Ireland on the 3 October 2017 disclosed a decision by Government to approve the drafting of a bill on assisted human reproduction (AHR) and associated research... [Read More]
What's a bit of genetic interplay between friends?
29 January 2018 - by Professor Marcus Pembrey
The recent demonstration that friends share more of their genetic makeup in common than two people picked at random from their population has been making the headlines... [Read More]
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