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CONTENTS Issue #679
Book Review: Reproductive Donation - Practice, Policy and Bioethics
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Single women using donor insemination: Thoughts on the discussion of the latest findings from the Centre for Parenting Culture Studies
29 October 2012 - by Susan Imrie and Sophie Zadeh
Professionals, policymakers and academics came together to discuss recent research on the making of child welfare assessments in the context of post-2008 changes to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act. Researchers explained their findings to an avid audience, one of which was that single women seeking reproductive assistance raise red flags for clinicians, clinic counsellors, and nursing staff... [Read More]
Not in front of the children!
29 October 2012 - by Dr Gillian Lockwood
The recent case in which a woman called for legal changes to prevent men from donating sperm without their wife's consent has already drawn interesting responses. However, debates about whether gametes may be regarded as 'marital assets' fail to capture the essence of the woman's sense of injustice. The whole point is 'What do we tell the children?'... [Read More]
Mitochondrial DNA replacement therapy successfully tested in human eggs
29 October 2012 - by Joseph Jebelli
Scientists have successfully created human embryos containing donated mitochondrial DNA in an effort to stop children inheriting life-threatening diseases... [Read More]
Genes for pancreatic cancer identified in international genome study
29 October 2012 - by Rivka Marks-Maran
Thousands of genetic mutations associated with pancreatic cancer have been identified in an international study... [Read More]
Old drug, new tricks: aspirin may boost colon cancer survival for patients with gene mutation
29 October 2012 - by Purvi Shah
Regular use of aspirin may extend the lives of colon cancer patients whose tumour carries a specific gene mutation, scientists report... [Read More]
Chromosome screening may increase IVF success in older mothers
29 October 2012 - by Dr Lucy Spain
Using a new IVF technique could considerably increase older women's chances of pregnancy, a small clinical trial presented at a fertility conference suggests... [Read More]
New Jersey Supreme Court deadlocked over maternal status in surrogacy
29 October 2012 - by Ruth Retassie
The New Jersey Supreme Court has failed to reach a majority verdict on whether a law that requires women to adopt a child born through surrogacy arrangements using donated eggs, to be considered the child's legal mother, discriminates against women affected by infertility.... [Read More]
Australian court sends back IVF ruling for sex offender
29 October 2012 - by Dr Mary Yarwood
A convicted sex offender and his partner have been denied access to IVF treatment by the Victoria Court of Appeal in Australia, pending a re-hearing by a lower court.... [Read More]
Woman dies after rare complication following IVF
29 October 2012 - by Maria Sheppard
A man is suing Barts and the London NHS Trust after his wife died from a rare complication while undergoing IVF treatment, reports the Mirror.... [Read More]
Book Review: Reproductive Donation - Practice, Policy and Bioethics
29 October 2012 - by Petra Nordqvist
Assisted conception gives rise to some truly fascinating questions about human reproduction. Conception enabled through donated sperm, eggs, embryos and surrogacy, in particular, open up a vast number of new possibilities... [Read More]

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