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CONTENTS Issue #1036
TV Review: Storyville – The gene revolution
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Government's review of the ten-year egg-freezing storage limit is a vital step forward
24 February 2020 - by Professor Geeta Nargund
As the Medical Director of CREATE Fertility and long-term campaigner for gender equality and women's reproductive choices, I listened with earnest when Caroline Dinenage, former Health Minister, made the long overdue announcement last week that the Government will be reconsidering the current ten-year storage limit on eggs, sperm, and embryos frozen for non-medical purposes... [Read More]
Why the UK Government should modernise the law on embryo and gamete storage
24 February 2020 - by Natalie Gamble
The Government has launched a public consultation (open until 5 May 2020) on whether the UK's maximum storage periods for eggs, sperm and embryos should be reviewed... [Read More]
IVF babies have a small increased risk of mortality
24 February 2020 - by Dr Rosie Morley
Children conceived by assisted reproductive technologies, such as IVF, are at a slightly higher risk of dying within the first year of life than children conceived naturally, according to a recent study in Sweden... [Read More]
UK Government adviser resigns over eugenics remarks
24 February 2020 - by Sandy Starr
A recently appointed adviser to the UK government, Andrew Sabisky, has resigned following widespread criticism of his views on topics including genetics and reproduction... [Read More]
World's first baby born from new egg freezing technique
24 February 2020 - by Eleanor Mackle
A woman whose cancer treatment left her infertile has given birth to a baby boy, through the first successful use of a new egg freezing technique... [Read More]
Gene therapy for blindness begins on the NHS
24 February 2020 - by Dr Jay Stone
The NHS has started to offer people with an inherited retinal disorder, known as Leber's Congenital Amaurosis (LCA) a revolutionary new gene therapy, which can restore their eyesight... [Read More]
Statins may lower the risk of ovarian cancer
24 February 2020 - by Dr Melanie Krause
Scientists from the University of Bristol have found a potential connection between the intake of statins and a reduction in ovarian cancer risk... [Read More]
Court considers request to access dead patient's fertility treatment records
24 February 2020 - by Rachel Siden
A British court is considering a claim to release a deceased patient's fertility clinic records to their heirs... [Read More]
Hormone gradient chip to assess male fertility
24 February 2020 - by Alegria Vaz Mouyal
A chip designed to mimic the chemical trail from sperm to egg may offer a more comprehensive picture of male fertility... [Read More]
Epigenetic changes linked to biological age
24 February 2020 - by Dr Eleanor Lynam
Researchers at the University of Southern California report that a person's body-age is in some cases over 40 years above their actual age, whilst some people have a body-age that is decades younger... [Read More]
TV Review: Storyville – The gene revolution
24 February 2020 - by Dr Alexander Ware
Storyville, the BBC4 series showcasing international documentaries, have recently aired a feature length piece entitled 'The Gene Revolution: Changing Human Nature'... [Read More]

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