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HFEA meetings: Open to the public

24 February 2010 We thought you might appreciate our observations on the most recent public meeting we attended, on 24 February 2010, in London and conducted by the Ethics & Law Committee (ELAC), a sub-group of the HFEA. This time there was a good turnout, at London’s Royal College of Physicians, with patient groups, students, […] Read more

PGD decision time at the HFEA

No surprises from the HFEA in today’s decision to permit exclusion and non-disclosure testing, and to deregulate later onset, lower penetrance conditions. The relevant regulations governing pre-implantation genetic diagnosis become yet more permissive. As CORE correctly anticipated last week, the Authority has re-stated its official position that discarding healthy embryos is entirely permissible if it […] Read more

HFEA meets to discuss pgd regulation

CORE reflects on attending 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 the procedure […] 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