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).
The Southwest Embryology Summit (SWES) is pleased to announce the availability of two grants designed to aid embryologists who would like to attend the 2019 Southwest Embryology Summit, January 4-5 2019 in Phoenix, AZ. These grants have been generously donated by California Cryobank, a leader in gamete donation in the field of ART and The Southwest Embryology Summit. Grants will cover 3 hotel nights and conference registration, a $550 value.
Visit https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/6075451944841386755 to join embryology specialist Susan Olds on Wednesday April 25th at 8:30am PDT / 11:30am EDT for a complimentary webinar presentation entitled: “The Top 10 Frequently Asked Questions on Embryo Culture pH practices.”
Professor John Biggers, a founding figure in the culture of embryos and in reproductive medicine, has died at the age of 93. Professor Biggers' research in early embryo culture and metabolism laid the foundations for clinical IVF.