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Expanded carrier screening: ignoring the interests of gamete donors?
17 August 2020 - by Professor Guido Pennings
More and more fertility centres are imposing expanded carrier screening (ECS) on their gamete donors. ECS allows for the detection of the carrier status of hundreds of recessive disorders in donors who are not at an increased risk... [Read More]
FILM: Whether, When and How Clinics Should Test Patients and Staff for COVID-19
17 August 2020 - by BioNews
This film documents a Progress Educational Trust event about what fertility clinics are currently doing – and what they should be doing – in relation to coronavirus/COVID-19 testing... [Read More]
Relationship status and BMI used to determine access to IVF
17 August 2020 - by Martha Roberts
Relationship status and body mass index (BMI), are being used to restrict people's access to NHS-funded fertility treatment... [Read More]
Exome sequencing of newborns may not be as accurate as blood testing
17 August 2020 - by Sarah Gregory
Exome sequencing may not be as reliable as standard blood testing for identifying rare diseases in newborns... [Read More]
Menopausal woman gives birth following blood plasma injection
17 August 2020 - by Daniel Jacobson
A woman in menopause has given birth following an experimental blood procedure, indicating a possible method for re-inducing fertility in menopausal women... [Read More]
Gene helps explain higher stroke risk for black people
17 August 2020 - by Laura Riggall
The gene HNF1A critical for the growth and development of the liver and pancreas is linked to an increased risk of stroke in people of African descent, according to new research... [Read More]
Mother's partner not legal parent of donor-conceived child
17 August 2020 - by Georgia Everett
'Appalling' planning between a lesbian couple and the man who acted as the sperm donor has resulted in a missed opportunity for the mother's partner to become a legal parent... [Read More]
Genes of an unknown ancestor found in modern humans
17 August 2020 - by Dr Maria Botcharova
Homo sapiens are likely to have bred with other ancient tribes much earlier than previously thought, according to new research... [Read More]
Podcast Review: ASRM Today – Misconceptions about genetic counselling
17 August 2020 - by Dr Valerie Shaikly
'People think if we do a genetic test, we can look for everything and if it comes back as a normal test, then everything will be healthy', says Jill Fischer... [Read More]
Podcast Review: SART Fertility Experts – Fibroids and fertility
17 August 2020 - by Eleanor Mackle
When I hit play on a new podcast from SART (Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology) Fertility Experts, I had very little idea of what fibroids were... [Read More]

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