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11 July 2013

UK: New affordable IVF techniques show potential

The cost of IVF can be cut dramatically from thousands of pounds to around £170 to start a 'new era' in IVF, fertility doctors from Belgium claim.

3 July 2013

UK: Leading ethicist argues against ban on sex selection in IVF

The current ban on parents selecting the sex of their embryo by using fertility treatment is not ethically justifiable, according to a review of the arguments by Professor Stephen Wilkinson and colleagues.

1 July 2013

UK: Government backs ‘three-person IVF’

Britain looks set to become the first country to allow the creation of babies using DNA from three people.

18 June 2013

USA: Progesterone vaginal ring versus vaginal gel for luteal support with IVF

The study set out to compare the efficacy and safety of luteal phase support in IVF with a progesterone (P) vaginal ring or gel (VR or VG). From Fertility and Sterility.

17 May 2013

UK: Time-lapse imaging raises IVF possibilities

Time-lapse imaging which takes thousands of pictures of developing embryos can boost the success rate of IVF, according to British research.

21 March 2013

UK: Support for ‘three-person IVF’

An official consultation has found that most people would be happy to see the law changed to allow a radical form of gene therapy on the IVF embryos of women in danger of passing on mitochondrial disease to their babies – a potentially severe and fatal metabolic disorder.

6 March 2013

UK: Updated guidelines revise treatment recommendations for people with fertility problems

People who are experiencing fertility problems should be able to get the most appropriate and effective medical treatment earlier, according to updated guidelines published on 20 February by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).

24 January 2013

USA: Ethical arguments for and against sperm sorting for non-medical sex selection

From Reproductive Biomedicine Online.

20 December 2012

Event: Fertility Treatment: A Life-Changing Event?

The Progress Educational Trust’s annual conference discussed the impact of policy, stress, nutrition, age and ‘bad habits’ on the success of fertility treatment. Jennie Bristow reports.

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