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News: Acupuncture does not affect IVF success rate

21 May 2018 by Grace O'Regan

Acupuncture during IVF treatment does not increase the chances of having a baby, according to new research. A study published this week in JAMA and led by Professor Caroline Smith from Western Sydney University, Australia, compared the birth rate in women who received traditional acupuncture during their course of IVF to those who received a sham acupuncture treatment.

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Announcement: MSc in Clinical Embryology - Applications for entry in October 2018

16 May 2018 by Laura Rose
MSc in Clinical Embryology - Applications for entry in October 2018

The deadline for applications for the MSc in Clinical Embryology starting in October 2018 is 12 noon (midday) BST on Friday 29th June 2018.

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Article: Is genetic relatedness worth the risks and costs of mitochondrial replacement?

14 May 2018 by Dr Owen Schaefer

Amid international debate on mitochondrial donation, Singapore's Bioethics Advisory Committee has prompted much discussion nationally over the issue. It has recently opened public consultation on the ethical, social and legal aspects of this innovative intervention.

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Article: The case for mandatory fertility counselling

08 May 2018 by Anthony Ryb

Should everyone stepping through their doctor's door enquiring about fertility treatment receive a counselling session? Probably not, although in most situations it would certainly be useful for them. Should everyone who has decided to go ahead with fertility treatment receive a counselling session prior to starting treatment? In my opinion, that is a definite yes.

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News: Ex-husband must pay child support after forged IVF signature

08 May 2018 by Jennifer Willows

A German man has been told that he must pay child support for his son, who was born after his ex-wife forged his signature to become pregnant using their frozen embryos.

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News: 'Synthetic' mouse embryos created from stem cells

08 May 2018 by Ewa Zotow

Scientists have created synthetic embryos in mice using stem cells rather than sperm or egg cells. The structures, which were able to implant and grow for a few days in the animals' uteruses, may have important implications for infertility research.

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Announcement: The HFEA Code of Practice is being updated – here's how to get involved

30 April 2018 by Laura Riley

An updated edition of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) Code of Practice is currently open for consultation, until Friday 1 June. The HFEA produces the Code of Practice to help licensed clinics to comply with the legal requirements set out in the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act. The new edition aims to provide all staff at licensed clinics with a clear and up-to-date reference point about the HFEA's expectations in relation to interpreting the law that governs all our work.

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News: Malta prepares to overhaul laws on surrogacy, embryo freezing and IVF

30 April 2018 by Jennifer Willows

The strict laws on assisted reproduction in Malta are set to be liberalised in a bill put forward in Parliament this month, although embryo destruction will remain illegal.

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News: Single cell to embryo: captured in unprecedented detail

30 April 2018 by Shaoni Bhattacharya

Scientists have unveiled a detailed roadmap of how an embryo forms from a single cell over 24 hours.

Three papers published in Science detail the fate of every single cell produced to form an embryo in zebrafish and Xenopus (the western claw-toed frog).

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Article: Baroness Mary Warnock interview: on the 14-day rule, philosophers as committee chairs, and the next report

30 April 2018 by Shaoni Bhattacharya

Almost 34 years ago, Baroness Mary Warnock headed up a committee whose report was to form the basis for the legislation and regulation of IVF and embryo research the world over. The 'Warnock Report', commissioned by the UK government in 1982 following the birth of the world's first IVF baby Louise Brown in July 1978, laid down the basis for the 14-day time limit on the laboratory research of human embryos, and the foundations of the UK's regulator the HFEA (Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority).

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