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CONTENTS Issue #985
The HFEA statement on add-ons in IVF can turn hope into reality
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The HFEA statement on add-ons in IVF can turn hope into reality
4 February 2019 - by Dr Kamal Ahuja and Professor Nick Macklon
Recently, the HFEA released a statement on adjunct treatments in IVF. The regulator had provided clear notice of its publication and both its stated intentions and content were as anticipated... [Read More]
Paid-for genome sequencing under discussion by NHS
4 February 2019 - by Julianna Photopoulos
The UK's health secretary Matt Hancock has announced that the NHS is considering offering healthy people the opportunity to pay to have their genomes sequenced... [Read More]
Sperm bank warns against tracing anonymous donor via DNA test
4 February 2019 - by Martha Henriques
A woman in Portland, Oregon, has been issued a warning from the sperm bank she used to conceive her child, after finding her donor's family via a 23andMe DNA test... [Read More]
Genetics influences whether you are a night owl or early riser
4 February 2019 - by James Close
Are you a night owl or a morning lark? The answer is influenced by at least 351 regions of the genome, a recent study has found... [Read More]
Surgery with stem cells repairs eyes in clinical trial
4 February 2019 - by Paul Waldron
Stem cells taken from dead donors have been used to restore the damaged surface of the eye in a clinical trial, which researchers say is the first of its kind... [Read More]
Gay couple hopes to take up NHS's IVF surrogacy option
4 February 2019 - by Jen Willows
A male same-sex couple in Scotland hopes to be the first to create their family using IVF on the NHS... [Read More]
Sperm hyperactivity discovery could lead to better fertility tests
4 February 2019 - by Shaoni Bhattacharya
A study which pinpoints exactly how sperm wiggle may one day help develop better diagnostic tests for infertility... [Read More]
Book Review: Legalising Mitochondrial Donation
4 February 2019 - by Laura O'Donovan
There are few areas of science more fiercely debated than assisted reproduction. Technologies initially developed to enable infertile individuals to have longed-for children have advanced, changing and re-defining the possibilities of human reproduction... [Read More]
Podcast Review: Genome edited babies – Science Weekly, The Guardian
4 February 2019 - by Dr Sam Sherratt
Last November, Dr He Jiankui, a former associate professor of the Southern University of Science and Technology in Shenzen, China, made the announcement that he had created the first ever genome edited human children by using CRISPR to create mutations designed to make the children more resistant to HIV... [Read More]

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