The Fertility Show, Manchester Central, 24-25 March 2018
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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]
Drying out
22 January 2018 - by Sarah Norcross
The PET office is still drying out – the landlord's property surveyor visited this week and declared the ceiling was dry but the walls and floor are still wet. The frustration is not knowing how long it will take to dry and when someone will next come to measure the damp... [Read More]
Revolutionising reproduction: setting a new moral compass
22 January 2018 - by Dr Cathy Herbrand
Is sexual reproduction still compatible with Western values? Can germline genome editing ever be considered as medicine? Can we stick to act only on serious disorders? These were some of the provocative and complex questions which were addressed during the last session of the Progress Educational Trust's annual conference... [Read More]
Dry January
15 January 2018 - by Sarah Norcross
A belated Happy New Year to all our BioNews readers. Unfortunately 2018 has not got off to a good start for the Progress Educational Trust... [Read More]
The wild east and the worried west: pioneers or outlaws?
15 January 2018 - by Dr Danielle Griffiths
'The Wild East and the Worried West: Pioneers or Outlaws?’ was the third session of the Progress Educational Trust's (PET) Annual Conference 'Crossing Frontiers: Moving the Boundaries of Human Reproduction'... [Read More]
What next for genome editing? Politics and the public
15 January 2018 - by Eleanor Taylor
The ever-expanding limits of human reproduction are creating complex ethical and political challenges. One topic that has generated much contention is the possibility of editing the genome of human embryos... [Read More]
Creating life in the lab: in vitro gametogenesis (IVG) and synthetic human entities with embryo-like features (SHEEFs)
8 January 2018 - by Dr Jess Buxton
What exactly are SHEEFs and IVGs? How might they shed light on the mysteries of early embryo development, and offer new hope to those affected by infertility? These questions were the focus of the second session at Progress Educational Trust's one-day conference 'Crossing Frontiers: Moving the Boundaries of Human Reproduction' in London on 8 December 2017... [Read More]
ESHRE 4785: Past, present and future
8 January 2018 - by Dr Roy Farquharson
The European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE) was created by Robert Edwards and Jean Cohen in 1984. The focus, complexity and growth of ESHRE have shifted dramatically over its 34 years of work, growing to provide leadership in reproductive medicine a global setting. Here is a short history of how the society evolved and a map of where it is heading next... [Read More]
Sperm, eggs and embryos: how do we define them as science offers new possibilities?
18 December 2017 - by Dr Avi Lerner
The Progress Educational Trust (PET)'s Annual Conference 'Crossing Frontiers: Moving the Boundaries of Human Reproduction' discussed some of the most important ethical and scientific questions facing human reproduction. The first session, chaired by Sarah Norcross, the Director of PET, tackled the very fundamentals. What is a sperm? What is an egg? And what is an embryo?... [Read More]
Surrogacy law reform for single people brings children out of legal limbo
18 December 2017 - by Adem Muzaffer, Elizabeth Isaacs QC and Natalie Gamble
In May 2016, the President of the Family Division, Sir James Munby, declared that certain provisions of UK surrogacy law were incompatible with a father and child’s human rights... [Read More]
Does it matter whether infertility is a disease?
11 December 2017 - by Hane Maung
Infertility affects one in seven couples in the United Kingdom. Currently in England, state-funded treatment for infertility is available under the NHS, although availability varies across different local clinical commissioning groups. Depending on the kind of infertility, treatment may include medical interventions, surgical procedures, and assisted reproductive technologies... [Read More]
Preimplantation genetic screening: unvalidated methods discard healthy embryos
11 December 2017 - by Norbert Gleicher
A seemingly brilliant hypothesis of preimplantation genetic screening arose in the 1990s when Dr Yuri Verlinsky proposed using polar body biopsies to detect chromosomal abnormalities in embryos prior to transfer in IVF... Healthy embryos are discarded by unvalidated PGS [Read More]
Autism, genetics and epigenetics: why the lived experience matters in research
4 December 2017 - by Dr Kristien Hens and Dr Leni Van Goidsenhoven
Popular scientific publications regularly have articles with headlines suggesting that 'autism is hereditary' or that the 'risk for developing autism' is mostly caused by genetics... [Read More]
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