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