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CONTENTS Issue #1037
ABC v St George's: exercising judgment without fear
#ExtendTheLimit of what PET can do
Film Review: DNA Testing, Sperm Donor Anonymity and Me
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ABC v St George's: exercising judgment without fear
2 March 2020 - by Professor Anneke Lucassen
A long-awaited decision in the case of ABC v St George's and others was made public last week... [Read More]
#ExtendTheLimit of what PET can do
2 March 2020 - by Sarah Norcross
Changing the law is a central part of what the Progress Educational Trust (PET) does. PET was born out of a campaign – the Progress Campaign for Research into Human Reproduction – and more than 30 years later, remains actively involved in several campaigns. It is in our DNA to campaign on your behalf... [Read More]
National standards needed for IVF cycles, says health minister
2 March 2020 - by Dr Catherine Hill
UK health minister Matt Hancock has said Clinical Commissioning Groups should not be determining the level of access to NHS fertility services... [Read More]
Daughter loses Huntington's confidentiality case
2 March 2020 - by Jen Willows
A UK woman who sued her father's doctors because they did not inform her of her risk of Huntington's disease has lost her case... [Read More]
Leading medics back egg freezing extension
2 March 2020 - by Emma Lamb
Professional medical bodies are calling for the UK law on the storage limit for frozen eggs to be extended, to provide women with more choice in their reproductive years... [Read More]
Common gut bacteria may cause bowel cancer
2 March 2020 - by Dr Jay Stone
A common strain of gut bacteria may drive genetic changes that cause bowel cancer, according to research published in Nature... [Read More]
Israeli high court extends surrogacy right to same sex couples
2 March 2020 - by Georgia Everett
Israel's Supreme Court has ruled that its surrogacy laws are discriminatory, and that same-sex couples and single men should be able to have children through surrogacy... [Read More]
Retinal gene therapy trial shows positive result
2 March 2020 - by Dr Hannah Somers
A clinical trial using gene therapy for treating a common cause of genetic blindness published positive results in Nature Medicine... [Read More]
Stem cell therapy cures diabetes in mice
2 March 2020 - by Julianna Photopoulos
Stem cell therapy has been used in mice to functionally cure diabetes for the first time, as published in the journal Nature Biotechnology... [Read More]
Film Review: DNA Testing, Sperm Donor Anonymity and Me
2 March 2020 - by Freddie Howell
Anyone who donated sperm, eggs or embryos in the UK prior to the 2005 law change was promised life-long anonymity. Now in 2020, the probability of donors remaining anonymous is very much diminished, and continues to reduce, as more and more people take direct-to-consumer DNA tests... [Read More]

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