HFEA scraps single-embryo policy after court defeat
Xavier Symons | 23 November 2013 |
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 |
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 |
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 | 12 October 2013 |
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 |
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.
Abandoned embryos in ethical and legal limbo
Xavier Symons | 14 September 2013 |
The heated discussion over IVF embryo disposal continues in the US and Canada.
Examining the hidden stories of infertility
Michael Cook | 31 August 2013 |
A forum on infertility
One-third of women conceive naturally after IVF
Michael Cook | 17 August 2013 |
Couple has naturally-conceived twins soon after their IVF twins.
An early progenitor of IVF?
Michael Cook | 03 August 2013 |
“The strange tale of how 500 women were helped to conceive after the first world war”.
Does the development of IVF have a murky past?
Michael Cook | 27 July 2013 |
Was Patrick Steptoe, one of the famed creators of IVF, sensitive to research ethics?
“Alka-Seltzer” IVF possible for fraction of current price
Michael Cook | 13 July 2013 |
Belgian IVF researchers claim that they can deliver IVF for 10 to 15% of the current cost of conventional programs.
IVF grows in Asia with government subsidies
Xavier Symons | 23 June 2013 |
As IVF markets mature in Western nations, private companies are scrambling to expand into a growing Asian market
Big business cashing in on reproductive services boom
Xavier Symons | 25 May 2013 |
The cliché “bundles of joy” has two meanings in the assisted reproduction industry: babies and cash. Keen businessmen are scrambling to take advantage of this burgeoning area of the health sector.
New bill to end IVF ‘discrimination’ in South Australia
Xavier Symons | 18 May 2013 |
A new bill is before the South Australian parliament that would make IVF available to lesbian couples and fertile single mothers
Cracked Open, a journalist’s memoir of IVF
Michael Cook | 11 May 2013 |
Journalist Miriam Zoll has just released a personal account of her involuntary involvement with the reproductive technology industry, Cracked Open.
Polish minister dismissed over controversial IVF comments
Xavier Symons | 10 May 2013 |
Poland's Justice Minster was sacked this week after accusing German scientists of importing Polish embryos for experiments.
Select your child’s sex and have a great Thai holiday, too!
Xavier Symons | 10 May 2013 |
An Australian health tourism company is offering a new package for couples seeking a sex-selective IVF.
Foetal reduction still needed in IVF
Michael Cook | 27 April 2013 |
Two IVF stories from opposite ends of the globe are a sobering reminder that “foetal reduction” remains a failsafe position in clinical practice.
British media personality sparks debate with IVF horror story
Xavier Symons | 27 April 2013 |
Prominent British writer and producer Samantha Brick has spoken of her devastating experience with IVF in a recent column in the Daily Mail.
Why not buy and sell embryos, ask scholars in NEJM
Michael Cook | 20 April 2013 |
Why can’t embryos be bought and sold like any other commodity? Making this unsettling proposal is less surprising than where it was made – in the America’s leading medical journal, the New England Journal of Medicine.