The Fertility Show, London, 1-3 November 2019
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We need to talk about the artificial womb
14 October 2019 - by Elizabeth Chloe Romanis
This week, researchers based at the University of Technology in Eindhoven announced they had received Horizon 2020 funding to build their artificial womb prototype... [Read More]
Re TT and YY: When a 'Father' is a 'Mother'.
7 October 2019 - by Liam Davis
The High Court decided that a trans man could not be named as a 'father' on his child's birth certificate because he gave birth. Instead, he had to be named as the 'mother'... [Read More]
Do the Law Commissions' proposals for surrogacy reform have the child's welfare at heart?
30 September 2019 - by Dr Catherine Hill
Can law reform solve surrogacy's problems? That was the big question at the start of the Progress Educational Trust (PET) and the Scottish Government's joint public event in Edinburgh on 24 September 2019... [Read More]
Why bioethics around artificial reproductive technology are not just women's issues
23 September 2019 - by Peter Bigelow
In law school I took a family law seminar on artificial reproductive technology. It was a fascinating class and one of my favourites. Interestingly, I was the only male in the class, and surprisingly was the only male to have ever taken the class... [Read More]
Forgeries of Happiness: Dishonesty and Deceit in IVF
16 September 2019 - by James Lawford Davies and Eleri Williams
Happily fraud, dishonesty and forgery are seldom features of IVF treatment. But on rare occasions (and for widely differing reasons), some patients are not wholly transparent or honest in their engagement with clinics... [Read More]
Selfish and septuagenarian: when do reproductive rights end?
16 September 2019 - by Dr Anna Smajdor
A woman in India has given birth to twins. In itself, nothing particularly worth reporting there. Women give birth to babies all the time... [Read More]
Everything you wanted to know about genomics but were afraid to ask
9 September 2019 - by Eleanor Taylor
The Progress Educational Trust (PET), which publishes BioNews, held a public event at Manchester's Science and Industry Museum to discuss genomics... [Read More]
Response to 'Ovarian tissue grafts to combat the menopause' by Dr Melanie Davies
9 September 2019 - by Yousri Afifi, Professor Arri Coomarasamy, Professor Christiani Amorim, Dr Hajra Khattak, Dr Manal Elgendy and Professor Simon Fishel
Due to the limited space offered by BioNews we can only take up a few but highly significant points raised by Dr Melanie Davies... [Read More]
Human-animal chimeras: should other countries follow Japan's lead?
2 September 2019 - by Dr Patrick Foong
Under the new Japanese guidelines, a Japanese scientist, Dr Hiromitsu Nakauchi, is the first to receive government approval to produce animal embryos that have human cells and transplant them into surrogate animals... [Read More]
Single mother families formed through assisted reproduction: the evidence
27 August 2019 - by Dr Sophie Zadeh
Last week's news that public funds for assisted reproduction are not being made available to single women in South East London piqued my interest... [Read More]
Baby Cotton onwards: UK surrogacy law needs to keep pace
26 August 2019 - by Kim Cotton
The birth of my surrogate daughter Baby Cotton triggered the 1985 Surrogacy Act which was hastily rushed through the UK Parliament as a knee jerk reaction to public opinion, which was generated by sensationalised newspaper headlines... [Read More]
Do proposals to reform UK surrogacy law go far enough?
19 August 2019 - by Natalie Gamble
The Law Commission's provisional proposals for surrogacy law reform seek a delicate balance, but do they go far enough? ... [Read More]
Ovarian tissue grafts to combat the menopause
19 August 2019 - by Melanie Davies
Ovarian tissue freezing is offered to some young cancer patients to preserve their fertility before chemotherapy or radiotherapy... [Read More]
Reform of surrogacy law: some thoughts
12 August 2019 - by Sir James Munby
There is widespread agreement that the legislation governing surrogacy is seriously out of date and not fit for purpose. Much has changed since 1985, not least the enormous changes in social attitudes which have had such an impact on what we think of as a family... [Read More]
FILM: Anonymous No More? Donor Conception and Direct-to-Consumer DNA Testing
5 August 2019 - by BioNews
This film documents the Progress Educational Trust/University of Liverpool event about the impact of genetic testing on donor conception and donor anonymity... [Read More]
Sex selection by gay men using gestational surrogacy: a troubling trend in queer family-making?
29 July 2019 - by Dr Linda Layne
The gestational surrogacy memoirs of five European and American gay dads and one heterosexual single-father-by-choice suggest that sex selection for sons may be occurring... [Read More]
Benefits and challenges of using artificial intelligence in assisted reproductive technologies
22 July 2019 - by Dr Hazar Haidar
First coined by a group of researchers in 1955, and put simply: Artificial Intelligence (AI) is the science of making machines do things that would require intelligence if done by humans... [Read More]
Public benefits of children: A case for publicly funding fertility care
22 July 2019 - by Dr Mark Connolly
Tax-financed health systems like the UK's NHS are 'pay-as-you-go' systems reliant on younger and healthier individuals paying into a system used by citizens throughout their lifetime, but mostly consumed in older ages... [Read More]
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]
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