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CONTENTS Issue #1055
Rare reality of COVID-19
Book Review: The Law of Assisted Reproduction
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Rare reality of COVID-19
13 July 2020 - by Nick Meade
COVID-19 is not (currently) a rare condition, but has much in common with those that are: there are as yet no bespoke treatments; it is highly variable, and there is much about it that we don't know... [Read More]
Endometrial scratch has no effect on live birth rate for first time IVF patients
8 July 2020 - by Dr Catherine Hill
Endometrial scratch, an IVF add-on treatment, has no effect on live birth rate for women undergoing a first IVF or ICSI cycle, study shows... [Read More]
COVID-19 leads to mental health concerns for IVF patients
6 July 2020 - by Dr Marieke Bigg
Delays and uncertainties in IVF treatment due to COVID-19 measures are a source of anxiety and depression for patients, new evidence suggests... [Read More]
Infertile couples overestimate their chance of IVF success
7 July 2020 - by Dr Catherine Hill
Couples undergoing fertility treatment markedly overestimate their chance of IVF success, men to a greater extent than women, according to new research... [Read More]
Genome editing in mitochondria finally possible
13 July 2020 - by Jen Willows
US scientists have developed a method of making precise edits to mitochondrial DNA within living cells... [Read More]
Ovarian reserve, cerebral palsy and hair tests - a round up from ESHRE 2020
10 July 2020 - by Dr Catherine Hill
Low ovarian reserve may be a useful marker of later health issues, research presented at the virtual 2020 meeting of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE) suggests... [Read More]
Canada's Supreme Court upholds genetic non-discrimination law
13 July 2020 - by Emma Bunting
The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled to uphold a federal law forbidding third parties from demanding people's genetic information... [Read More]
Neanderthal DNA linked to COVID-19 risk
13 July 2020 - by Charlotte Spicer
A small fragment of genetic code inherited from Neanderthals may increase the risk of severe illness from COVID-19... [Read More]
Book Review: The Law of Assisted Reproduction
13 July 2020 - by Liam Davis
In this updated second edition of The Law of Assisted Reproduction, author Seamus Burns, Senior Lecturer in Law at Sheffield Hallam University, aimed to highlight the major features of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology (HFE) Act 2008 just over a decade since its inception, and eight years since the first edition of his book was published... [Read More]

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