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News: First genome-edited babies: a very different perception of ethics

29 November 2018 by Dr Dusko Ilic

Today, shortly before the start of an international conference on genome editing in Hong Kong, Dr He revealed to the Associated Press that his team edited the genome of human embryos resulting in the birth of two babies.

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News: Birth of first genome-edited babies causes furore

29 November 2018 by Shaoni Bhattacharya

The first births from genome edited human embryos have been announced by a Chinese researcher amid widespread condemnation, and fears over safety.

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News: Experts caution on implications of 'lost embryos' lawsuit

29 November 2018 by Lone Hørlyck

Experts have strongly criticised a claim that embryos lost during a storage tank failure at a fertility clinic were 'people'.

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News: CooperSurgical, Inc. Launches PGTai Technology Platform and ERPeak Endometrial Receptivity Test

23 November 2018 by CooperSurgical Fertility and Genomic Solutions
CooperSurgical, Inc. Launches PGTai Technology Platform and ERPeak Endometrial Receptivity Test

CooperSurgical, Inc. announce the launch of the CooperGenomicsSM PGTaiSM technology platform and ERPeakSM endometrial receptivity test 

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News: HFEA calls for 'culture change' on IVF add-ons

19 November 2018 by Rikita Patel

The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) has signed a consensus statement calling for private IVF clinics to stop charging patients costly optional add-on treatments that are not proven to work. 

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News: Fertility rate halves across world

12 November 2018 by Eleanor Lynam

The number of children born per woman has halved globally since 1950, according to a study published in The Lancet.

Researchers found that although the global population has roughly tripled from 2.6 billion to 7.6 billion, the fertility rate has dropped from 4.7 live births per woman in 1950 to 2.4 in 2017. As well as women having better access to education, employment and health services, the fall in fertility rate has been attributed to better infant survival rate and an increase in the average age of marriage.

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News: Rising IVF success blamed for fall in England's adoption rates

12 November 2018 by Sarah Pritchard

Improvements in the success rates of IVF treatment have been cited as part of the reason fewer people are choosing to adopt children in the UK, despite the number of children currently in care reaching a record high. 

IVF treatment has risen from around seven percent success per cycle to around 30 percent for women under 35 years. 

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Conference: 2019 Southwest Embryology Summit

07 November 2018 by Jean Popwell, PhD HCLD
2019 Southwest Embryology Summit

The Southwest Embryology Summit (SWES) will be held on Jan. 4-5, 2019 in Phoenix, AZ. 

This meeting gives embryologists, andrologists and IVF lab directors a chance to hear great talks in an interactive setting. Participants are encouraged to ask questions, partcipate in lively discussions, get to know the speakerss  and other participants all while earning CEUs!  Last year's participants earned a total of 1.2 CEUs.

Registration is $75 and covers both conference days.  Hotel rates for SWES participants are good up to December 6, 2018.

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Journal Updates: Reproductive BioMedicine Online: October 2018 (Volume 37, Issue 4)

02 November 2018 by Reproductive BioMedicine Online
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News: Local areas in England are setting their own IVF access criteria

29 October 2018 by Jennifer Willows

Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in England are setting their own criteria – contrary to official guidelines – to ration access to NHS fertility services, according to campaign group Fertility Fairness. 

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