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FILM: What Should We Be Testing For in Sperm and Egg Donors?
23 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]
Known Unknowns: The Pros, Cons and Consequences of Known Donation
21 September 2020 - by Dr Yvonne Collins
Donor conception was the focus of the event Known Unknowns: The Pros, Cons and Consequences of Known Donation, held online by the Progress Educational Trust (PET), the charity that publishes BioNews, in partnership with the University of Manchester... [Read More]
Should people with criminal records be able to access assisted reproductive technology? The law in Victoria, Australia
21 September 2020 - by Michelle de Souza
Until recently, people seeking fertility treatment in the state of Victoria, Australia had to undergo criminal record and child protection checks. If a criminal record check revealed that the woman, or her partner (if applicable), had been convicted of a sexual or violent offence, or a child protection order had been made and a child had been removed from the care of the woman or her partner, a presumption against treatment was triggered... [Read More]
Expanded carrier screening: careful what you look for
14 September 2020 - by Dr Marieke Bigg
Progress Educational Trust produced an online event sponsored by the Scottish Government, to discuss the question: what should we be testing for in egg and sperm donors?... [Read More]
Heritable human genome editing: an insight into the International Commission's report
14 September 2020 - by Amarpreet Kaur
An International Commission on the Clinical Use of Human Germline Genome Editing was assembled by the Royal Society, the US National Academy of Sciences and the US National Academy of Medicine... [Read More]
Artificial womb technology: the implications of ectogestation as a reproductive choice
7 September 2020 - by Elizabeth Chloe Romanis
Researchers working on building an 'artificial womb' in the United States, Australia and Japan continue to publish regular updates about their success testing prototype 'artificial womb' devices on animal subjects... [Read More]
Too hard a knot? some observations on Alfred McConnell's case
7 September 2020 - by David Gollancz
The Court of Appeal upheld the High Court's conclusion that legislation requires a trans man who gave birth to a son after receiving a gender recognition certificate, to be registered as the child's mother [Read More]
What should we be testing for in sperm and egg donors?
7 September 2020 - by Sarah Norcross
This week, the Progress Educational Trust – in partnership with the Scottish Government – will be exploring the role of traditional and expanded carrier screening in assessing the suitability of sperm and egg donors... [Read More]
Patients with neurological diseases seeking stem cell treatments
24 August 2020 - by Dr Patrick Foong
A recent study in the USA suggests that some patients with neurological disorders, such as multiple sclerosis (MS), amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and Parkinson's disease, are increasingly seeking information on stem cell treatments as a therapeutic option from their doctors... [Read More]
The revolution of vitrification in ART
24 August 2020 - by Dr Kamal Ahuja and Professor Nick Macklon
The latest report from the HFEA reflects a trend now evident in assisted reproductive technology (ART) registries throughout the world: that frozen embryo transfer is rapidly gaining on fresh as the favoured transfer protocol... [Read More]
Expanded carrier screening: ignoring the interests of gamete donors?
17 August 2020 - by Professor Guido Pennings
More and more fertility centres are imposing expanded carrier screening (ECS) on their gamete donors. ECS allows for the detection of the carrier status of hundreds of recessive disorders in donors who are not at an increased risk... [Read More]
FILM: Whether, When and How Clinics Should Test Patients and Staff for COVID-19
17 August 2020 - by BioNews
This film documents a Progress Educational Trust event about what fertility clinics are currently doing – and what they should be doing – in relation to coronavirus/COVID-19 testing... [Read More]
COVID-19 and infertility: thoughts, feelings and coping with clinic closure
10 August 2020 - by Dr China Harrison
The COVID-19 pandemic caused fertility clinic closures worldwide... [Read More]
IVF: A Test Case – Whether, When and How Clinics Should Test Patients and Staff for COVID-19
3 August 2020 - by Dr Valerie Shaikly
A timely review and discussion of best practice, guidelines and practical realities surrounding COVID, with an emphasis on testing... [Read More]
FILM: More Trouble in Store? The Two-Year Extension to Embryo and Gamete Storage Limits
27 July 2020 - by BioNews
This film documents a Progress Educational Trust event about a new law extending egg, sperm and embryo storage limits, in order to address problems caused by the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic... [Read More]
Unproven stem cell therapies, and now, strong words from the FDA
27 July 2020 - by Dr Patrick Foong and Ms Grace Borsellino
There has been general concern around the reports of untested stem cell treatments being sold before they have been proven safe and effective... [Read More]
More Trouble in Store?
20 July 2020 - by Ana Hallgarten
On 9 July 2020, the Progress Educational Trust hosted its first online event. It explained and discussed the recent change to UK law in regard to the storage of embryos and gametes... [Read More]
Rare reality of COVID-19
13 July 2020 - by Nick Meade
COVID-19 is not (currently) a rare condition, but has much in common with those that are: there are as yet no bespoke treatments; it is highly variable, and there is much about it that we don't know... [Read More]
The challenges of international surrogacy arrangements in the climate of COVID-19
6 July 2020 - by Sarah Williams
International commercial surrogacy arrangements are inherently complex and unpredictable at the best of times... [Read More]
Caveat: Stem cells touted for coronavirus treatments
29 June 2020 - by Dr Patrick Foong
This unprecedented challenging time has seen the emergence of unproven stem cell-based therapies for the novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2... [Read More]
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