Lord Winston warns of unregulated IVF ‘jungle’

Xavier Symons | 27 June 2014 | Comments
tags: egg freezing, IVF, mitochondrial replacement, preimplantation genetic diagnosis
In a recent interview with the Independent Robert Winston warned of deception in the IVF market. Fertility companies, he believes, are exaggerating the effectiveness and safety of new techniques.

The big business of Australian IVF

Michael Cook | 25 June 2014 | Comments
tags: Australia, commercialization, IVF
A second Australian IVF company wil float on the stock exchange today.

China’s oldest mother

Michael Cook | 16 May 2014 | Comments
tags: China, IVF, postmenopausal mothers
She gave birth to twins at 60 after IVF treatment.

Celebrity custody wrangle exposes vague IVF law

Xavier Symons | 10 May 2014 | Comments
tags: IVF, law, paternity tests
A child-custody battle between actor Jason Patric and ex-girlfriend Danielle Schrieber has highlighted significant deficiencies in Californian IVF law.

Lord Winston warns of eugenics in IVF

Xavier Symons | 10 May 2014 | Comments
tags: eugenics, genetic screening, IVF
Lord Robert Winston, British IVF pioneer, has given a controversial speech warning of the revival of eugenics in the IVF industry.

Twin births soar in US due to fertility treatments

Michael Cook | 26 April 2014 | Comments
tags: IVF, twins
IVF is partly responsible for a million extra twins born in the US between 1981 and 2012

Rates of IVF continue to grow

Xavier Symons | 04 April 2014 | Comments
tags: embryo, human dignity, IVF
A new healthcare analytics report has revealed just how big the IVF market is, and how big it is set to become.

IVF consultation launched in Australia

Michael Cook | 22 March 2014 | Comments
tags: Australia, IVF
Australia is to conduct a review of the ethics and clinical practice of assisted reproductive technology.

Stop fretting about 3-parent embryos and get ready for “multiplex parenting”

Michael Cook | 09 March 2014 | Comments
tags: artificial gametes, artificial reproduction, IVF, multiplex parenting
With artificial gametes, the sky’s the limit for parents.

IVF kids now 1.5% of all births in US

Michael Cook | 01 March 2014 | Comments
tags: IVF, USA
Latest figures from the SART

COMMENT: Is egg freezing a scam?

Miriam Zoll | 01 March 2014 | Comments
tags: commercialization, egg freezing, IVF
Do consumers know what they are signing up for?

The kids are OK

Michael Cook | 23 February 2014 | Comments
tags: birth defects, IVF
A study in the journal Fertility and Sterility has found that children born from assisted reproduction are as healthy and well-educated as their naturally conceived peers.

Final triplet arrives five years later

Michael Cook | 16 February 2014 | Comments
tags: IVF
From eight embryos come two boys in 2008 and a girl in 2013.

Is IVF overused, ask researchers

Michael Cook | 31 January 2014 | Comments
tags: evidence-based medicine, IVF, unexplained subfertility
Hard questions must be asked about the steep rise in commercial IVF around the world, say researchers in the BMJ.

Iran, the fertility capital of the Middle East

Michael Cook | 31 January 2014 | Comments
tags: Iran, Islam, Islamic bioethics, IVF
With government subsidies and encouragement from the mullahs, Iran has the world’s cheapest IVF.

HFEA scraps single-embryo policy after court defeat

Xavier Symons | 23 November 2013 | Comments
tags: HFEA, IVF, single-embryo transfer
The UK’s fertility watchdog, the Human Fertility and Embryology Authority, has lost a significant court battle to limit the number of multiple births from IVF treatment.

It’s more expensive, unnecessary and unhealthier: so why do IVF clinics prefer ICSI?

Michael Cook | 16 November 2013 | Comments
tags: ICSI, IVF
Despite complaints from experts, more and more IVF clinics are using intra-cytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI).

Retiring head of UK fertility watchdog warns of IVF pain

Michael Cook | 01 November 2013 | Comments
tags: HFEA, IVF, UK
The retiring head of the UK's fertility watchdog has painted a bleak picture of the world of IVF in a column in the BBC

The eugenicist sympathies of IVF pioneer Robert Edwards

Xavier Symons | 13 October 2013 | Comments
tags: eugenics, IVF, Robert Edwards
Edwards was a card-carrying member of the Eugenics Society and advocated the genetic selection of the strongest embryos available for IVF procedures.

Legal complications of posthumous reproduction

Michael Cook | 14 September 2013 | Comments
tags: IVF, posthumous conception
Thanks to frozen sperm and frozen embryos, it is possible for a man to have offspring after death, even many years after his death. This is leading to complex legal issues.
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