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How the USA's antiquated citizenship policies discriminate against families of same-sex parents
15 July 2019 - by Professor Sonia Suter
The State Department's citizenship policies for children born abroad through assisted reproductive technologies, however, are out of touch, leading to devastating denials of US citizenship for children born to American citizens in same-sex marriages... [Read More]
Is the UK fertility sector facing a tipping point?
8 July 2019 - by Sally Cheshire
Rarely a day goes by without the UK media mentioning assisted reproduction and the fertility sector. Whether it's the latest research innovation, the growth in DNA testing and matching websites, the funding and commissioning of fertility services or reports of patients confused as to whether they should pay for expensive and unproven add-on treatments... [Read More]
Why France's 2019 Health Bill will be key in harnessing health data for research
8 July 2019 - by Dr Margo Bernelin
The access and use of personal health data for research purposes is increasingly receiving press attention. Undeniably, there are renewed possibilities of conducting health research by processing and cross-referencing large volumes of data through sophisticated algorithms... [Read More]
What can healthy individuals learn from getting their genomes sequenced?
1 July 2019 - by Dr Jess Buxton
The past few years have seen a huge increase in the identification of rare and common genetic variants associated with disease, advances made possible through ever cheaper and faster genome sequencing technologies... [Read More]
Donor conception and direct-to-consumer DNA testing
24 June 2019 - by Dr Yvonne Collins
The Progress Educational Trust (PET), which publishes BioNews, held a public event in London to discuss direct-to-consumer genetic testing in relation to donor anonymity... [Read More]
Anonymous no more?
17 June 2019 - by Sarah Norcross
This coming Wednesday evening (19 June), the Progress Educational Trust – the charity that publishes BioNews – is holding a free-to-attend public event in London discussing direct-to-consumer genetic testing in relation to donor anonymity... [Read More]
BioNews 1000: Our readers on why they subscribe to us
10 June 2019 - by BioNews
Celebrating the 1000th issue of BioNews this month, the influential readers of BioNews told us what the publication means to them... [Read More]
Commercial surrogacy is in senior UN official's firing line
10 June 2019 - by Sam Everingham
The question of whether the UN will develop an international treaty relating to surrogacy arrangements - as it did a quarter century ago in relation to adoption, is up for discussion... [Read More]
Designing your own child: Australia's regulations
10 June 2019 - by Dr Patrick Foong
In Australia, debates on whether prospective parents should be permitted to make their own decisions on gender selection for non-medical purposes have been ramping up... [Read More]
The death of an IVF legend: Professor Ian Craft, 1937-2019
10 June 2019 - by Professor Joyce Harper
It was with great sadness that the friends and colleagues of 'Prof' Ian Craft learned that he passed away on 3 June at his residential home in Esher... [Read More]
BioNews 1000: Looking back at the last 20 years, and forward to the next 20
3 June 2019 - by Professor Marcus Pembrey and Dr Jess Buxton
Professor Marcus Pembrey and Dr Jess Buxton reflect on 20 years of BioNews and its unrivalled coverage of scientific, legal and ethical developments in the fields of human genetics and assisted conception... [Read More]
The open future of donor conception
3 June 2019 - by Vince Londini
In a recent commentary, Professor Guido Pennings outlined his views on donor anonymity and DNA-testing databases. Professor Pennings seems to advocate for the contractual rights of anonymous donors by placing such in opposition to the increasingly recognised, if not yet codified in law, moral rights of donor-conceived people... [Read More]
Looking for genetic relatives in genetic databases is harmful and wrong
20 May 2019 - by Professor Guido Pennings
More and more people are using DNA testing websites. The curiosity about one's ancestry seems to be growing, especially in the USA. In doing so, millions of people are giving away all rights to their genetic information without much concern about what can or will be done with it... [Read More]
Testing times: how should we use genomic data in assisted reproduction
20 May 2019 - by Ana Hallgarten
The Progress Educational Trust's event 'Testing Times: How Should We Use Genomic Data in Assisted Reproduction' took place at Amnesty International in London on the 16 May 2019. The event aimed to give members of the audience an insight into current uses of genomic data in assisted reproduction and its possible future uses... [Read More]
Removing donor anonymity retrospectively in Victoria, Australia – two years on
13 May 2019 - by Louise Johnson
It has been over two years since world-first changes to donor conception laws were implemented in Victoria, Australia, allowing all donor-conceived people to learn their sperm or egg donor's identity... [Read More]
FILM: Talking Genomics with Patients
7 May 2019 - by BioNews
This film documents a Progress Educational Trust/Genomics Education Programme event about genomic medicine... [Read More]
How should we use genomic data in assisted reproduction?
7 May 2019 - by Sandy Starr
Advances in genomics are having a growing impact on fertility treatment and assisted reproduction... [Read More]
FILM: 40 Years of IVF – Past, Present and Future
29 April 2019 - by BioNews
This film documents an event that marked the 40th birthday of the world's second ever IVF baby (and first IVF boy), Alastair MacDonald... [Read More]
Germline in the sand: where should we draw the boundaries for genome editing?
15 April 2019 - by Jen Willows
Genome editing was the subject up for discussion at the Progress Educational Trust's 'Germline in the Sand' event, held at the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh on 19 March 2019. The discussion, which was supported by the Scottish Government sought to explore the scientific and ethical boundaries of genome editing, and what place this technology should have within our society... [Read More]
How can we make surrogacy law deliver?
8 April 2019 - by Antony Starza-Allen
After many years of debate, surrogacy law reform is finally on the move. The Law Commissions of England and Wales, and that of Scotland, are now jointly evaluating areas of surrogacy law that have been identified as needing reform, with a view to making recommendations to Government in 2021... [Read More]
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