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CONTENTS Issue #1033
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Radio Review: Trying to Find a Black Egg Donor
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Is fertility law in Ireland set to change?
3 February 2020 - by Fiona Duffy
I reflect with sadness on the slow pace of progress in legislating for assisted human reproduction (AHR) in Ireland. This is all the more poignant when I read the good news coming from France and the recent Court decisions on the recognition of parentage for children born through surrogacy... [Read More]
The aftermath of the He Jiankui fiasco: China's response
3 February 2020 - by Dr Patrick Foong
Dr He Jiankui, who claimed that the world's first babies had been born with edited genomes, has been sentenced to three years in prison and fined for performing 'illegal medical practices'... [Read More]
FILM: Does Fertility Treatment Still Need to Be a Medical Secret? (Part 3)
3 February 2020 - by BioNews
The third in a series of films documenting a recent Progress Educational Trust/Scottish Government event on fertility and medical secrecy, featuring a presentation by Dr Jane Stewart of the British Fertility Society and the Newcastle Fertility Centre... [Read More]
DNA sequencing used to combat coronavirus
3 February 2020 - by Christina Burke
Next-generation DNA sequencing is helping to rapidly identify and characterise the coronavirus at the centre of the recent outbreak... [Read More]
New FDA guidelines for gene therapy products
3 February 2020 - by Jakki Magowan
The US Food and Drug Administration has released seven new guidelines that will help scientists safely develop novel gene therapy products... [Read More]
Colorado fertility doctor who used own sperm responds to lawsuit
3 February 2020 - by Suzi Denton
At least six women and their families are suing a doctor for negligence and fraud, after they discovered that he had used his own sperm in their fertility treatment... [Read More]
Primate ovarian ageing study has implications for human fertility
3 February 2020 - by Alegria Vaz Mouyal
Scientists from China and the USA have used non-human primate ovaries to improve understanding of why female fertility declines with age... [Read More]
World's first transplant of lab-grown heart muscles
3 February 2020 - by Dr Helen Robertson
A team of scientists at Osaka University in Japan have carried out the first transplant using lab-grown heart muscle cells... [Read More]
RNA sequencing used to investigate sperm microbiome
3 February 2020 - by Dr Nicoletta Charolidi
RNA sequencing has been used for the characterisation of pathogens in human sperm, giving the potential to be used as a new diagnostic tool for infertility investigations... [Read More]
Radio Review: Trying to Find a Black Egg Donor
3 February 2020 - by Susan Tranfield-Thomas
At 38 years of age, with four failed rounds of IVF behind her, Natasha wants to know why she can't find a non-white egg donor... [Read More]

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