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Optimising IVF practice: Fresh or frozen embryos?
30 August 2016 - by Dr Bruce Shapiro
Is it better to transfer fresh embryos during IVF or frozen embryos that have been thawed... [Read More]
Why information and choice won't solve all of NIPT's ethical problems
30 August 2016 - by Dr Ainsley Newson
Jane Fisher and Lyn Chitty highlight in BioNews 864 that it's been almost nine months since the UK National Screening Committee recommended an 'evaluative implementation of NIPT into the NHS's antenatal screening programme – a recommendation that still awaits ministerial decision... [Read More]
IVF culture media affects embryos and babies
30 August 2016 - by Dr Helen Robertson
A study comparing two common IVF media used by fertility clinics has found different outcomes in implantation success rates and birth weight... [Read More]
Genetic test indicates chemotherapy benefit for early-stage breast cancer
30 August 2016 - by Ebtehal Moussa
A new genetic test could predict which patients with early-stage breast cancer patients would benefit from chemotherapy... [Read More]
India considers bill to ban commercial surrogacy
30 August 2016 - by Julianna Photopoulos
The Indian government is considering a bill to ban commercial surrogacy, which will only allow Indian couples married for at least five years to use surrogacy. [Read More]
Hispanic longevity linked to epigenetics
30 August 2016 - by Dr Ashley Cartwright
Researchers in the US have found that Hispanic individuals age slower than people from other ethnic backgrounds... [Read More]
New gene influencing caffeine consumption discovered
30 August 2016 - by Purvi Shah
Scientists have identified a gene variation that could influence the amount of caffeine a person consumes.... [Read More]
First triplets with identical twins born to SA gay parents
30 August 2016 - by Antony Starza-Allen
A same-sex male couple in South Africa has become the first set of parents in the country to have triplets who share both the fathers' DNA... [Read More]
IVM breakthrough suggests cheaper and lower-drug alternative to IVF
30 August 2016 - by Dr Rachel Huddart
Researchers have reported on an experimental technique that could improve the fertilisation success rate of in vitro maturation IVM, an alternative fertility method to IVF... [Read More]
Book Review: GMO Sapiens - The Life-Changing Science of Designer Babies
30 August 2016 - by Julian Hitchcock
GMO Sapiens is just the annoying grit in the machine that the genome editing debate needs, but readers deserve clearer lines between science, speculation and opinion... [Read More]
Book Review: Dead Babies and Seaside Towns
30 August 2016 - by Dr Berenice Golding
The memoirs of author and playwright Alice Jolly, as she navigates her way through miscarriage and stillbirth, and on to IVF and eventually surrogacy, help to break taboos and offer hope for those experiencing loss... [Read More]

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