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News: No difference in IVF success between frozen or fresh embryos

25 June 2019 by Shaoni Bhattacharya

Freezing embryos for later implantation or using them fresh makes no difference to the success of IVF, according to a new study.

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News: France considers allowing IVF for single and lesbian women

25 June 2019 by Dr Yvonne Collins

France plans to lift a ban preventing single women and lesbian couples from accessing IVF and other fertility treatments, Prime Minister Édouard Philippe has announced.

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News: Oldham's health chief vows to redress Jean Purdy plaque snub

25 June 2019 by Martha Henriques

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.

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News: Woman wants ex-wife's embryos destroyed despite no genetic link

25 June 2019 by Bernie Owusu-Yaw

A woman in Sydney, Australia is seeking a court order for the destruction of 12 embryos that are not genetically linked to her.

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News: UK bill to reconsider egg-freezing time limits gets first reading

11 June 2019 by Jennifer Willows

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.

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News: Sperm tail-tracking method could help fertility testing

11 June 2019 by Dr Elizabeth Oliver

A new way of analysing sperm could lead to improvements in male fertility testing, according to the scientists who developed the method.

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News: The death of an IVF legend: Professor Ian Craft, 1937-2019

11 June 2019 by Professor Joyce Harper

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. 

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News: Prof Ian Craft passed away yesterday

04 June 2019 by Professor Joyce Harper
Prof Ian Craft passed away yesterday

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. 

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Article: BioNews 1000: Looking back at the last 20 years, and forward to the next 20

03 June 2019 by Professor Marcus Pembrey and Dr Jess Buxton

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.

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News: BioNews 1000: BioNews in numbers

03 June 2019 by BioNews

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?'

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