In the News

116 current reasons to discard human embryos – hfea has a little list

The Sunday Times coverage (www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/science/genetics/article6999861.ece) of the various genetic conditions which can be tested prior to the implantation of an in vitro embryo, has generated considerable debate, not least because some of the identified diseases are definitely not life-threatening. Nevertheless all the embryos in question will be discarded, or as the current Chair of the […] Read more

From the journals

ICSI: Creating a Generation of Infertile Children? A study* conducted at the Institute of Child Health in London comparing 211 six-year-olds conceived through Intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) with 195 six-year-olds conceived naturally, found that boys in the ICSI group had significantly shorter fingers. The study concluded that perturbations in finger length in ICSI children may […] Read more

Baby, baby, baby you’re out of time

A study published today in scientific journal PLoS ONE* examines the fundamental correlation between age and fertility in women. This ground-breaking research is the first of its kind to collate the decline of the “ovarian reserve” from pre-natal to menopausal females. It demonstrates that as women reach 30, the potential number of eggs available for […] Read more

HFEA meetings: Open to the public

1st December 2009 CORE reflects on an open meeting of the HFEA, held on 1st December 2009 at the Barbican Centre in London. In October 2009, the HFEA started its fundamental overhaul of the way in which Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD) cases would be regulated in future. The Authority took the significant step of licensing […] Read more

HFEA meetings: Open to the public

9 December 2009 The Human Fertilisation & Embryology Authority (HFEA) enjoys going public these days, and CORE whenever possible tries to attend their open meetings, which are either conducted by the full Authority or one of its sub-committees. Such events are aimed at interested parties, whether patients, practitioners, or professionals various, but also the general […] Read more

Did the public receive balanced scientific information in the hybrid embryo debate?

Josephine Quintavalle was recently invited by the People and Science publication to participate in a series of open letters, with the Director of the Science Media Centre, Fiona Fox, on the subject of “The hybrid embryo debate: good public engagement?” To access this article, please follow the link provided: www.britishscienceassociation.org/NR/rdonlyres/6521E1D5-E30A-4179-B788-02E42BEA8A24/0/SPAT.pdf

Core ethics in the news

CORE Ethics has maintained a constant presence in the media over the past month, both in the United Kingdom and internationally, commenting on a wide range of issues: Links between abortions and premature births http://www.mailonsunday.co.uk/health/article-1196131/Abortion-mothers-child-risk.html http://www.marieclaire.co.uk/news/health/380466/abortion-linked-to-premature-birth.html The human-animal hybrid debate http://timesonline.typepad.com/science/2009/06/humananimal-hybrid-embryos-the-debate-revisited-a-year-on.html Alternatives to embryonic stem cell research http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/8103345.stm http://www.kpxq1360.com/news/commentary/11605412/ http://www.breakpoint.org/listingarticle.asp?ID=11968 The debate on embryo selection […] Read more

Screening of art pregnancies produce misleading down syndrome results

With pregnancy screening for Down syndrome and other chromosome abnormalities increasingly becoming a routine part of antenatal care, the largest and most comprehensive study to date on Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART) conceptions in first trimester screening has revealed some worrying statistics. An article published on 6th June 2009, in Human Reproduction*, documents the extent of […] Read more