'Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis 2018: Current Practice and Beyond', 9-10 November 2018
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Subfertility deserves attention, but not because it is a disease
16 July 2018 - by Dr Rebecca Brown
Subfertility provides an example of why it can be so difficult to determine exactly what makes something a disease... [Read More]
Australia's careful step towards legalising mitochondrial donation
9 July 2018 - by Dr Ainsley Newson
Mitochondrial donation has seeded a growing literature in bioethics, law and the social sciences. This technology, which introduces third-party mitochondria to an embryo or oocyte, has contributed to many long-standing social and ethical questions... [Read More]
FILM: Dr Roger Highfield in conversation with Baroness Mary Warnock
9 July 2018 - by BioNews
Baroness Mary Warnock, Patron of the Progress Educational Trust, discusses how she and her colleagues built the foundations of today's IVF and embryo research regulation... [Read More]
How do we deal with big genomic data responsibly?
9 July 2018 - by Charlott Repschlager
The latest event organised by the Progress Educational Trust 'With great genomic data comes great responsibility', came at a perfect time... [Read More]
Dr Roy Farquharson: On ESHRE, big data, IVF, and the downsides of taking a kilt to a conference
2 July 2018 - by Shaoni Bhattacharya
Dr Roy Farquharson, chair of the European Society for Human Reproduction and Embryology, spoke exclusively to BioNews ahead of Europe's biggest embryology and reproductive medicine conference, which opened on Sunday 1 July in Barcelona, Spain. With up to 12,000 participants expected, ESHRE's annual conference will be the largest in the society's 34-year history... [Read More]
From acupuncture to yoga: Can lifestyle choices improve the odds of IVF working for you?
25 June 2018 - by Annabel Slater
'Those of us who work in infertility are not going to go out of business anytime soon,' commented Professor Richard Anderson, at the University of Edinburgh, at the Progress Educational Trust's (PET's) latest event, 'From Acupuncture to Yoga: Can Lifestyle Choices Improve the Odds of IVF Working for You?'... [Read More]
Genetic testing to reunite separated migrant families is an ethical minefield
25 June 2018 - by Eleanor Taylor
US President Donald Trump has now abandoned his policy of separating migrant families attempting to enter the US. However, for those families that have already been divided, the process for finding one another again is not clear. Two commercial genetic testing companies have offered to support efforts to reunite the 2300-plus children that have been separated from their parents at the US-Mexican border... [Read More]
Podcast: Putting your genome to work - for the NHS, for industry, for the UK post-brexit
25 June 2018 - by Pod Academy
Hear genomics and industrial strategy discussed by Sarah Norcross (Progress Educational Trust), Dr Eliot Forster (MedCity), Dr Athena Matakidou (AstraZeneca), Dr Edward Hockings (Ethics and Genetics) and Dr Jayne Spink (Genetic Alliance UK)... [Read More]
The strongest defence against genetic discrimination
18 June 2018 - by Professor Yann Joly
Genetic discrimination, the excessive profiling or negative treatment of individuals based on their genetic characteristics is a recurrent ethical issue and a source of psychological distress for individuals considering undertaking a genetic test... [Read More]
With great genomic data comes great responsibility
11 June 2018 - by Sarah Norcross
As part of Genomics England's Genomics Conversation initiative, the Progress Educational Trust (PET) – the charity that publishes BioNews – is producing a public event this month entitled 'With Great Genomic Data Comes Great Responsibility'... [Read More]
In depth: Our first look at the human development 'organiser cells'
4 June 2018 - by Dr Dusko Ilic
Almost a century ago, Professor Hans Spemann, a German biologist from the University of Freiburg, and his PhD student Hilde Mangold defined a group of cells in newt embryos that triggered development of the central nervous system... [Read More]
Can lifestyle choices improve the odds of IVF working for you?
29 May 2018 - by Sarah Norcross
Earlier this month, an Australian study was published which looked at whether acupuncture increases the likelihood of a live birth in women undergoing IVF. The lead researcher concluded that 'the findings do not support the use of acupuncture to improve the rate of live births among women undergoing IVF'. Arguments about the pros and cons of the study continue online... [Read More]
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]
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