An Oldham councillor is urging for Jean Purdy, one of the three people who developed IVF, to be formally acknowledged for her work, after letters revealed how the Oldham Health Authority ignored requests for Purdy to be recognised in the 1980s.
A woman in Sydney, Australia is seeking a court order for the destruction of 12 embryos that are not genetically linked to her.
A bill that aims to extend the time limit that egg and sperm can be kept frozen has been introduced in the UK's House of Lords.
A new way of analysing sperm could lead to improvements in male fertility testing, according to the scientists who developed the method.
It was with great sadness that the friends and colleagues of 'Prof' Ian Craft learned that he passed away on 3 June at his residential home in Esher. Over his lifetime he helped thousands of couples with infertility achieve a family.
Sorry to be the bearer of very sad news. Prof Ian Craft passed away yesterday. He collapsed when he came down for breakfast and could not be resuscitated. I will be working with his son to arrange a memorial. He was the most intelligent person I have ever met. This photo was us in March at the opera. He phoned me every two days and we went to the opera and ballet almost every month over the last two years. He was getting weaker each time I saw him. He slept through the whole of Avalanche at the Barbican last month. Bless him.
Professor Marcus Pembrey (Founding Chair and current Patron of Progress Educational Trust) and Dr Jess Buxton (BioNews genetics editor 2000-2009 and current Trustee) reflect on 20 years of BioNews and its unrivalled coverage of scientific, legal and ethical developments in the fields of human genetics and assisted conception.
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?'
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.
Mitochondria are not as interchangeable as originally thought, which may have implications for the selection of donors for mitochondrial donation.