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Surrogacy law reform for single people brings children out of legal limbo
18 December 2017 - by Adem Muzaffer, Elizabeth Isaacs QC and Natalie Gamble
In May 2016, the President of the Family Division, Sir James Munby, declared that certain provisions of UK surrogacy law were incompatible with a father and child’s human rights... [Read More]
Sperm, eggs and embryos: how do we define them as science offers new possibilities?
18 December 2017 - by Dr Avi Lerner
The Progress Educational Trust (PET)'s Annual Conference 'Crossing Frontiers: Moving the Boundaries of Human Reproduction' discussed some of the most important ethical and scientific questions facing human reproduction. The first session, chaired by Sarah Norcross, the Director of PET, tackled the very fundamentals. What is a sperm? What is an egg? And what is an embryo?... [Read More]
Silencing 'junk' gene THOR could slow tumour growth
18 December 2017 - by Dr Loredana Guglielmi
Scientists in the USA have found a novel non-coding gene that alters proliferation in cancer cells to help tumour development... [Read More]
Multiple births down, says state of UK fertility sector report
18 December 2017 - by Ewa Zotow
The first ever report on the state of the fertility sector has been released by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA). It highlights marked improvements in several aspects of performance, including the reduction in multiple births rates, and addresses shortcomings in the sector... [Read More]
US Congress lawmaker resigns amid surrogacy scandal
18 December 2017 - by Sean Byrne
Congressman Trent Franks has resigned from the US House of Representatives, following claims of misconduct related to pursuing a surrogacy arrangement with a former staffer... [Read More]
US fertility doctor receives no jail time for using his own sperm in clinic
18 December 2017 - by Theofanis Michailidis
A retired fertility doctor who used his own sperm to inseminate patients will not be jailed for his actions... [Read More]
Mutation that stops people feeling pain found in Italian family
18 December 2017 - by Dr Rachel Huddart
A newly identified genetic mutation causes members of an Italian family to be unable to feel pain and could lead to the development of new painkillers, research suggests... [Read More]
Same-sex parental support case raises consent issues
18 December 2017 - by Georgia Everett
A woman has asked the Hawaii Supreme Court to overturn a ruling denying her request to sever parental rights to a child born to her ex-wife... [Read More]
Gene therapy shows 'mind-blowing' success in treating haemophilia A
18 December 2017 - by Dr Sam Sherratt
A new gene therapy for haemophilia A has exceeded expectations in a recent clinical trial... [Read More]

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