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CONTENTS Issue #981
Book Review: Regulating Assisted Reproductive Technologies - New Horizons
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2019 at the Progress Educational Trust
7 January 2019 - by Sarah Norcross
PET welcomes its new Chair of Trustees and announces a packed programme of public events throughout the first few months of 2019... [Read More]
Society marches on: key social changes in assisted conception
7 January 2019 - by Eleanor Taylor
It has been ten years since the 1990 Human Fertilisation and Embryology (HFE) Act was updated in 2008. Over the past ten years the laws governing fertility treatment and legal parenthood have remained largely static. But society has continued to evolve at a rapid pace... [Read More]
Science marches on: key scientific developments in embryo research
7 January 2019 - by Emma Laycock
'Science marches on' was the third session of the Progress Educational Trust (PET)'s Annual Conference 'Make Do or Amend: Should We Update UK Fertility and Embryo Law?'. The session focused on the key scientific developments within embryo research asking: where are we now, what can we learn from past battles and, most importantly, where are we going?... [Read More]
Irish government to set aside funds for IVF treatment
7 January 2019 - by Ruth Retassie
The Irish government has said that it will dedicate funding to couples needing IVF and assisted reproduction treatments... [Read More]
Single people in the UK can now become parents via surrogacy
7 January 2019 - by Jen Willows
A remedial order has come into force that gives single people in the UK the same rights as couples to become the legal parents of their surrogate-born children... [Read More]
Chinese genome editing cancer trial loses track of patients
7 January 2019 - by Rachel Siden
Chinese scientists have allegedly lost track of patients who participated in a trial of a gene therapy for cancer... [Read More]
US newborn genomic sequencing trial publishes first findings
7 January 2019 - by Dr Barbara Kramarz
A whole-genome sequencing trial for newborns in the US has published its initial results, detecting a genetic childhood-onset condition in almost 10 percent of babies... [Read More]
Canadian citizenship quirk leaves surrogate-born twins stateless
7 January 2019 - by Suzi Denton
A Canadian man whose twin girls were born via gestational surrogacy in Kenya is currently unable to bring his children home due to Canadian citizenship laws... [Read More]
Pilot study launched for cancer breath test
7 January 2019 - by Dr Charlott Repschlager
A pilot study on a breath test to detect cancer has been launched in the UK... [Read More]
UK surrogates call for immediate transfer of parenthood after birth
7 January 2019 - by Eleanor Mackle
Most surrogates think they should be able to claim reasonable expenses for carrying a child for someone else, a new report from Surrogacy UK has found. They also felt that legal parenthood should rest with the intended parents immediately after birth... [Read More]
Father's appeal denied over forged IVF consent
7 January 2019 - by Jen Willows
A man whose ex-partner forged his signature on consent papers to become pregnant using their frozen embryos after they had split up has lost his appeal for damages... [Read More]
Professor Robin Lovell-Badge appointed chair of the Progress Educational Trust
7 January 2019 - by Sandy Starr
The eminent developmental biologist Professor Robin Lovell-Badge has been appointed Chair of Trustees at the Progress Educational Trust (PET), the charity that publishes BioNews... [Read More]
Book Review: Regulating Assisted Reproductive Technologies - New Horizons
7 January 2019 - by Victoria Adkins
In 'Regulating Assisted Reproductive Technologies: New Horizons', Dr Amel Alghrani explores the future regulation of new reproductive technologies, specifically ectogenesis – gestating a fetus outside of a human body in an artificial womb, and uterus transplants... [Read More]

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