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The posthumous use of sperm - a sorry tale
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The posthumous use of sperm - a sorry tale
4 July 2016 - by Emma Nottingham
The case of Samantha Jeffries - a widow who is trying to save the embryos she created with her husband before his death - holds lessons both for fertility clinics and for the HFEA... [Read More]
One-fifth of UK women over 35 struggling to conceive
4 July 2016 - by Dr Rachel Montgomery
Nearly one-fifth of women aged 35 to 44 years have had problems conceiving, according to a survey of over 15,000 British people... [Read More]
Study uncovers proliferation of unapproved stem-cell procedures in US
4 July 2016 - by James Brooks
The authors of a study detailing the rapid expansion of unlicensed stem-cell therapies in the US have called on the FDA to act to stop thousands of patients being used as 'unwitting guinea pigs' for untested treatments... [Read More]
Smoking damages sperm through inflammation
4 July 2016 - by Lone Hørlyck
A study of smokers has found smoking damages their sperm, including their DNA and mitochondria, by triggering inflammatory processes in their semen... [Read More]
US Supreme Court blocks review of Sequenom patent appeal
4 July 2016 - by Dr Özge Özkaya
The US Supreme Court has declined to hear an appeal by the biotech company Sequenom against a ruling that its prenatal blood test was not patent eligible... [Read More]
Sperm self-destruction may lie behind maternal mitochondrial inheritance
4 July 2016 - by Dr Katie Howe
Researchers have identified a gene that, when activated, causes mitochondria inherited from sperm to be destroyed shortly after fertilisation... [Read More]
Woman wins daughter's frozen eggs appeal
4 July 2016 - by Antony Starza-Allen
A woman who is seeking to use her deceased daughter's frozen eggs to have a child has successfully appealed a ruling made against her... [Read More]
Judge condemns surrogacy 'market' and allows surrogate to keep baby
4 July 2016 - by Antony Starza-Allen
A surrogate has been allowed to keep a baby after refusing to hand the child over to the intended parents after birth... [Read More]
Event Review: International Association of Bioethics Congress
4 July 2016 - by Sarah Norcross
Bioethics conferences don't get much bigger than this – the International Association of Bioethics Congress drew 700 attendees to the Edinburgh International Conference Centre... [Read More]
Video Review: What If My Neighbour's Kid Was Genetically Modified?
4 July 2016 - by Simon Hazelwood-Smith
Paul Knoepfler's TEDx talk covers familiar ground – designer babies, segregation between 'natural' and GM children, unintended side effects, playing god, and eugenics all feature in his dystopian vision of a future involving genetically modified humans... [Read More]

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