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Danielle Hamm

Danielle Hamm was formerly Political and Communications Assistant at the charity that publishes BioNews, the Progress Educational Trust (PET). She is a Policy Manager and secretary of the Ethics and Law Advisory Committee at the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority, where she leads on policy development relating to sperm, egg and embryo donation. She is also a Visiting Lecturer at London Metropolitan University, and a Member of the Clinical Ethics Committee of Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust. She has worked as a Medical Ethics Adviser to the British Medical Association, as a Parliamentary Researcher, and as a Member of the Policy and Community Services departments of Help the Aged. She is coauthor (with Ann Sommerville) of The Ethics of Caring for Older People (buy this book from Amazon UK).

BioNews News articles written by Danielle Hamm:
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Government makes concessions on Human Tissue and Embryos Bill
8 October 2007 - by Danielle Hamm
The UK government has paved the way ahead for the Human Tissue and Embryos (HTE) Bill in its response to the Bill Scrutiny Committee, which was released today. The Government has taken on many of the Committee's recommendations, including the rejection of plans to merge the current... [Read More]
NHS IVF treatment may offer lower chance of success than private clinics
20 August 2007 - by Danielle Hamm
A BBC investigation has found that women receiving IVF on the National Health Service (NHS) in the UK may have a lower chance of conceiving than private patients because treatment is not always provided at the most appropriate time. There is an optimal time to perform the... [Read More]
Fertility treatment in UK remains inadequate
13 August 2007 - by Danielle Hamm
A survey conducted by the Infertility Network UK (I N UK) and sponsored by the UK Department of Health (DH) has shown that the provision of IVF treatment in the UK does not meet government guidelines. The survey indicated that provision of NHS fertility treatment is patchy... [Read More]
Parliamentary committee recommends sweeping changes to the Human Tissue and Embryos (Draft) Bill
6 August 2007 - by Danielle Hamm
A joint UK parliamentary committee, established to scrutinise the Human Tissue and Embryos (Draft) Bill, has recommended that fundamental changes be made to the Bill before it commences its passage through parliament. The draft Bill will replace the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1990, which frames the... [Read More]
Sperm donor seeks custody of his biological son
23 July 2007 - by Danielle Hamm
A sperm donor from the Republic of Ireland is fighting for joint custody of his biological son, following the break-down of his relationship with the lesbian couple he donated his sperm to. On 19 July he won a Supreme Court battle, preventing the couple from taking the... [Read More]
Fertility hope for child cancer patients
9 July 2007 - by Danielle Hamm
Israeli scientists are reported to have extracted, matured and frozen eggs from young girls affected by cancer. Although it is too early to tell whether they are viable, it is hoped that the frozen eggs will one day offer young cancer patients the chance to have a... [Read More]
Roman Catholic Bishops say hybrid embryos have right to life
4 July 2007 - by Danielle Hamm
The Roman Catholic Bishops of England (RCBE) have told the UK parliament that inter-species embryos - those containing genetic information from both human and animals - should not be treated any differently from 'normal' embryos, and that women should be given the chance to carry their genetic offspring to... [Read More]
ES cell lines produced without destruction of embryos
25 June 2007 - by Danielle Hamm
The US company Advanced Cell Technology (ACT) has successfully produced human embryonic stem (ES) cells without destroying any embryos. The research was announced by Robert Lanza, Vice President of ACT, at the International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR) meeting in Australia. The technique involves removing a... [Read More]
Increase in UK women over 40 seeking fertility treatment
11 June 2007 - by Danielle Hamm
Recent figures released by the UK fertility regulator, the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA), show a tenfold plus increase in women over 40 seeking fertility treatment using their own eggs. The number of women over 40 seeking fertility treatment using donated eggs is not know, but... [Read More]
Victoria to consider assisted reproduction law reform
11 June 2007 - by Danielle Hamm
The Victorian Law Reform Commission (VLRC) has published its final report on Assisted Reproductive Technology and Adoption. The report will now be considered by the Victorian State Government; a formal response is expected by the end of 2007. Assisted reproduction is governed in the Australian state by... [Read More]