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BioNews Comment articles written by Professor Martin H Johnson:

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Remembering Robert Edwards, 1925-2013
15 April 2013 - by Professor Martin H Johnson
Robert Geoffrey Edwards, or 'Bob' as his colleagues and friends knew him, is one of the true giants of the 20th century... [Read More]
Elusive Nobel prize finally lands!
11 October 2010 - by Professor Martin H Johnson
Professor Robert Edwards was last week awarded the 2010 Nobel Prize in Medicine for his work on IVF [1]. Bob might seem an obvious award candidate since IVF and related treatments are taken for granted nowadays. Most of us know family, friends and/or colleagues who have used IVF, PGD, surrogacy or gamete donation. During the lonely days of the 1960s and 70s, the situation was very different... [Read More]
Real Progress - but more to do
7 April 2008 - by Professor Martin H Johnson
Progress (now the Progress Educational Trust) was formed in 1985. Its 10th anniversary was marked at a meeting at the Royal Society of Medicine, when I was kindly invited to give a lecture (1) entitled 'Looking Forward, Looking Back'. Between 1985 and 1995, I personally had moved from being an... [Read More]
Defining the human embryo: A way with words?
5 July 2006 - by Professor Martin H Johnson
In February this year, the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (1) published a discussion paper entitled: 'Human Embryo - A biological definition'. This publication provides an authoritative and comprehensive summary of the scientific arguments and experiments that bear on our understanding of what a human embryo is and is... [Read More]
Donor anonymity, expenses and payments: why were clinics not prepared?
21 March 2005 - by Professor Martin H Johnson
In their commentary article 'Recruiting egg donors after the removal of anonymity', (BioNews 299, 14/3/05), Alan Thornhill and Ian Craft of the London Fertility Centre lament the fact that the Department of Health (after wide consultation) abolished donor anonymity before addressing the issue of allowable expenses. Their memories... [Read More]