December 2016

Fertility watchdog refuses to extend embryo time limit

The legal time limit on growing human embryos in a laboratory was challenged after biologists at the University of Cambridge showed that they could keep embryos alive up to and possibly beyond the permitted 14 days: http://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/fertility-watchdog-refuses-to-extend-embryo-time-limit-h8lg9q6h6 Source: The Times, Dec 8 2016

The UK moves closer to 3-parent embryos

The UK moves closer to 3-parent embryos: https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/nov/30/uk-doctors-to-seek-permission-to-create-baby-with-dna-from-three-people-mitochondrial-replacement-therapy That the HFEA will be the authority to give approval to this is particularly frightening.  It cannot be repeated often enough that the UK does not have a democratically appointed bioethics committee.