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BioNews News articles written by BioNews:

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BioNews 1000: BioNews in numbers
3 June 2019 - by BioNews
On 22 March 1999, BioNews launched its first online newsletter digest. It ran with ten news stories and a comment piece by Juliet Tizzard, a former director of the Progress Educational Trust, called ‘Why BioNews?’... [Read More]
BioNews 1000: Our contributors on why they write for us
3 June 2019 - by BioNews
More than 200 volunteers have written for BioNews over the years, many of them having completed the BioNews writing scheme, which gives Masters and PhD students a thorough grounding in writing news and reviews... [Read More]
Genomic natives? Young people clued up about whole genome sequencing
29 September 2014 - by BioNews
Young people are surprisingly well-informed about the basics of genetics and thoughtful about the kind of information they'd like to receive from genome studies, results from a international survey suggest... [Read More]
Update to article: Fertility expert condemns 'outrageous' IVF cell cycle patent
3 June 2013 - by BioNews
A patent over a method for assessing cell-cycle data that can be used in IVF treatments to predict an embryo's future viability will make IVF treatments in the USA prohibitively expensive, a leading embryologist has said... [Read More]
Correction: Sperm screening needs to be overhauled
30 November 2009 - by BioNews
In BioNews 535, we published a commentary by Wendy Kramer in which she stated that 'using a donor with reciprocal translocations is potentially even more likely to produce sick children than donors with autosomal dominant disorders. The chances for a chromosomally abnormal child are thirty out of thirty-two (Scriven, 1998)'. However, this interpretation is incorrect and potentially misleading, the author of the paper has since informed us.... [Read More]
Clarification: Gene test aims to predict reproductive lifespan
15 November 2009 - by BioNews
In BioNews 533, we reported on a new study suggesting an association between early ovarian decline and variations in the number of 'CGG' repeats present in a gene called FMR1. Whilst this finding is novel, we would like to clarify that the FMR1 gene has been known for many years, since the presence of excess CGG repeats causes the common genetic condition Fragile X syndrome in boys who inherit the mutation.... [Read More]
Correction: Tackling issues in cross-border reproductive care
22 May 2009 - by BioNews
In BioNews 508, we published a commentary by Professor Eric Blyth in which he stated that the first International Forum on Cross-Border Reproductive Care, hosted by the Canadian government, took place in January 2008. This should have read 'January 2009', the author has since advised us. A corrected version of... [Read More]
Clarification: HFEA rebuked by medical risk expert
12 May 2009 - by BioNews
Last week BioNews reported on a letter published in The Sunday Times newspaper in which Brian Toft, professor of patient safety at Coventry University, declared the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) - the UK Government's fertility watchdog - 'unfit for purpose'. BioNews would like to clarify that Professor Toft is not... [Read More]
Correction: Fertility watchdog investigates serious IVF mix-ups at London hospital
12 May 2009 - by BioNews
Last week BioNews reported that, speaking to The Sunday Times, an HFEA spokesperson said that mistakes due to human error only occur in 0.5 per cent of cases. BioNews has since been informed by the HFEA that this figure was misquoted in the newspaper, and that the true figure for... [Read More]
500 fivers appeal tops £1000 mark as BioNews publishes 500th issue
23 March 2009 - by BioNews
Last week we made a special birthday wish for our 500 fivers appeal reach a total of £1000 in time for the 500th issue of BioNews, published today. It was a close call, but we're pleased to report that thanks to your kindness and support we've now raised a total... [Read More]
Rare Disease Day 2009 hailed a success
2 March 2009 - by BioNews
Rare Disease UK (www.raredisease.org.uk) and the Genetic Interest Group (www.gig.org.uk) are organising activities around International Rare Disease Day on 28th February 2009, including three parliamentary receptions to raise the profile of rare diseases and to campaign for the development of a National Plan. A... [Read More]
CLARIFICATION: UK scientists announce ground-breaking stem cell therapy trial
16 February 2009 - by BioNews
In BioNews 491 we reported that a Glasgow-based team had announced plans to trial a pioneering stem cell therapy, which they hope could help reverse the symptoms of stroke. The article said: 'The trial has been fiercely opposed by pro-life groups, who believe that an embryo has equivalent moral status... [Read More]
Correction: Posthumous retrieval of gametes: a case of deja vu?
1 December 2008 - by BioNews
In BioNews issue 484 we published a commentary on the recent 'L' decision. Since that time, we have been in communication with Diane Blood and also the solicitor acting for 'L' with respect to the article's accuracy. In the light of the comments made by these parties, we have altered... [Read More]
Correction: Slow-frozen embryos seem to produce healthier babies in IVF
24 November 2008 - by BioNews
In BioNews 484, we published a story reporting on new evidence to suggest that in IVF 'vitrified' embryos may be better than 'fresh' embryos. It has been brought to our attention that the technique used to store embryos in these studies was in fact 'slow-freezing', or 'controlled-rate freezing', and not... [Read More]
Correction: New method for egg freezing may improve IVF success rates
2 October 2008 - by BioNews
In BioNews 471 we published a story which used the term 'freezing' to describe a new embryo preservation technique known as 'vitrification'. It has been brought to our attention that 'freezing' is not an accurate description of the vitrification process, which in fact uses certain chemicals and processes to avoid... [Read More]
Call for research proposal in 'lowe syndrome'
29 September 2008 - by BioNews
You are invited to apply for ÒseedÓ research funding of £20,000-£40,000 from the Lowe Syndrome Trust.The genetic basis for Lowe Syndrome is a defective gene, OCRL1, that results in the deficiency of an enzyme Phosphatidylinositol 4,5-bisphosphate-5-phosphatase (OCRL1). LoweÕs oculocerebrorenal syndrome is a disorder affecting the... [Read More]
Peter Giles Thurnham 1938-2008
19 May 2008 - by BioNews
I am sure I speak for many friends of the Progress Educational Trust is saying how saddened we are to hear of Peter's death on May 10th after a short illness. Peter was member of Parliament for Bolton North East from 1983-1997. He was immensely supportive of the Progress... [Read More]
Correction: Why UK surrogacy law needs an urgent review
12 May 2008 - by BioNews
In BioNews 455, we published a Commentary on surrogacy law, in which the author stated that: 'Countries such as the Ukraine, Canada and India permit commercial arrangements...'. It has been brought to our attention that this is incorrect, as commercial surrogacy is banned in Canada under the Assisted Human Reproduction... [Read More]
Correction: Internet sperm agency founder convicted of fraud
21 April 2008 - by BioNews
Last week, BioNews published a story about the prosecution and conviction of John Gonzales for fraud, in which we stated that 'Gonzalez's service illustrated a loophole in current UK regulation, which governs frozen gamete storage and use, but not 'fresh' sperm'. It has been pointed out to us that this... [Read More]
Correction: 20 year old refused state-funded IVF
9 April 2008 - by BioNews
In issue 451 of BioNews we published a news story that implied that guidelines produced by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) in 2004 for the provision of IVF on the NHS, which recommended that all Primary Care Trusts (PCTs) should provide three cycles of IVF treatment... [Read More]
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BioNews Comment articles written by BioNews:

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FILM: Age-Old Question – Exploring Fertility and Ageing
30 November 2020 - by BioNews
This film documents the first of two Progress Educational Trust events discussing fertility and assisted conception in relation to age... [Read More]
FILM: How Old Is Too Old to Be a Parent?
30 November 2020 - by BioNews
This film documents the second of two Progress Educational Trust events discussing fertility and assisted conception in relation to age... [Read More]
FILM: Donate, Destroy or Delay? When IVF Embryos Are No Longer Needed for Treatment
9 November 2020 - by BioNews
This film documents a Progress Educational Trust event about what happens to unused embryos following the completion of fertility treatment... [Read More]
FILM: Known Unknowns - The Pros, Cons and Consequences of Known Donation
19 October 2020 - by BioNews
This film documents a Progress Educational Trust event about the recent growth of 'known donor' arrangements in sperm donation and egg donation... [Read More]
FILM: Careful What You Look For - What Should We Be Testing For in Sperm and Egg Donors?
28 September 2020 - by BioNews
This film documents a Progress Educational Trust event about different ways of assessing the suitability of sperm and egg donors, including both traditional carrier screening and expanded carrier screening... [Read More]
FILM: Whether, When and How Clinics Should Test Patients and Staff for COVID-19
17 August 2020 - by BioNews
This film documents a Progress Educational Trust event about what fertility clinics are currently doing – and what they should be doing – in relation to coronavirus/COVID-19 testing... [Read More]
FILM: More Trouble in Store? The Two-Year Extension to Embryo and Gamete Storage Limits
27 July 2020 - by BioNews
This film documents a Progress Educational Trust event about a new law extending egg, sperm and embryo storage limits, in order to address problems caused by the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic... [Read More]
FILM: Frozen Fertility - The Challenges of Storing Eggs, Sperm and Embryos (Part 6)
27 April 2020 - by BioNews
The sixth in a series of films documenting a recent Progress Educational Trust/Scottish Government event on medical, ethical, legal, social and policy aspects of cryopreservation, featuring a panel discussion chaired by Professor Allan Pacey of the University of Sheffield... [Read More]
FILM: Frozen Fertility - The Challenges of Storing Eggs, Sperm and Embryos (Part 5)
20 April 2020 - by BioNews
The fifth in a series of films documenting a recent Progress Educational Trust/Scottish Government event on medical, ethical, legal, social and policy aspects of cryopreservation, featuring a presentation by James Lawford Davies of Hill Dickinson... [Read More]
FILM: Frozen Fertility - The Challenges of Storing Eggs, Sperm and Embryos (Part 4)
6 April 2020 - by BioNews
The fourth in a series of films documenting a recent Progress Educational Trust/Scottish Government event on medical, ethical, legal, social and policy aspects of cryopreservation, featuring a presentation by Rachel Cutting of the HFEA... [Read More]
FILM: Frozen Fertility - The Challenges of Storing Eggs, Sperm and Embryos (Part 3)
30 March 2020 - by BioNews
The third in a series of films documenting a recent Progress Educational Trust/Scottish Government event on medical, ethical, legal, social and policy aspects of cryopreservation, featuring a presentation by patient Sharon Jones... [Read More]
FILM: Frozen Fertility - The Challenges of Storing Eggs, Sperm and Embryos (Part 2)
16 March 2020 - by BioNews
The second in a series of films documenting a recent Progress Educational Trust/Scottish Government event on medical, ethical, legal, social and policy aspects of cryopreservation, featuring a presentation by Dr Melanie Davies of Fertility Preservation UK... [Read More]
FILM: Frozen Fertility - The Challenges of Storing Eggs, Sperm and Embryos (Part 1)
9 March 2020 - by BioNews
The first in a series of films documenting a recent Progress Educational Trust/Scottish Government event on medical, ethical, legal, social and policy aspects of cryopreservation, featuring introductions by Sarah Norcross and Professor Allan Pacey... [Read More]
FILM: Does Fertility Treatment Still Need to Be a Medical Secret? (Part 4)
10 February 2020 - by BioNews
The fourth in a series of films documenting a recent Progress Educational Trust/Scottish Government event on fertility and medical secrecy, featuring a panel discussion chaired by Dr Sarah Martins Da Silva of the University of Dundee... [Read More]
FILM: Sarah Norcross discusses North East Essex Clinical Commissioning Group and IVF funding
10 February 2020 - by BioNews
The director of the Progress Educational Trust talks to ITV News and BBC Look East about plans to reinstate NHS-funded IVF... [Read More]
FILM: Does Fertility Treatment Still Need to Be a Medical Secret? (Part 3)
3 February 2020 - by BioNews
The third in a series of films documenting a recent Progress Educational Trust/Scottish Government event on fertility and medical secrecy, featuring a presentation by Dr Jane Stewart of the British Fertility Society and the Newcastle Fertility Centre... [Read More]
FILM: Does Fertility Treatment Still Need to Be a Medical Secret? (Part 2)
27 January 2020 - by BioNews
The second in a series of films documenting a recent Progress Educational Trust/Scottish Government event on fertility and medical secrecy, featuring a presentation by Gwenda Burns of Fertility Network UK... [Read More]
FILM: Does Fertility Treatment Still Need to Be a Medical Secret? (Part 1)
20 January 2020 - by BioNews
The first in a series of films documenting a recent Progress Educational Trust/Scottish Government event on fertility and medical secrecy, featuring a presentation by Dr Catriona McMillan... [Read More]
FILM: Surrogacy - Do We Need Global Guidelines?
13 December 2019 - by BioNews
In this film, Sarah Norcross - director of the Progress Educational Trust, the charity that publishes BioNews - discusses global surrogacy... [Read More]
FILM: Anonymous No More? Donor Conception and Direct-to-Consumer DNA Testing
5 August 2019 - by BioNews
This film documents the Progress Educational Trust/University of Liverpool event about the impact of genetic testing on donor conception and donor anonymity... [Read More]
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