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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There is widespread agreement that the legislation governing surrogacy is seriously out of date and not fit for purpose.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]
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]
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