Archive for the 'embryology' Category

Stem cell treatments threatened by European patents ruling – The Guardian

“Work on revolutionary medical treatments for incurable diseases is in danger of being wiped out by a European court ruling on embryonic stem cells, according to leading scientists.”

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The Guardian, 27th April 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Human embryos ‘at risk of losing legal protection’ in research – The Guardian

“The human embryo may be in danger of losing the special status that guards it against use in anything other than important and necessary research, under proposals due out next week.”

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The Guardian, 5th January 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Illegal fertility company owners given suspended prison sentence – The Guardian

“Two men who netted £250,000 after providing women with access to sperm through an illegal fertility company were spared an immediate jail term today.”

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The Guardian, 12th October 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Two men convicted over illegal sperm donor firm – The Independent

“Two men are facing jail after they were convicted yesterday of running an illegal fertility company that gave women access to sperm donors. Nigel Woodforth, 43, ran the operation from the basement of his home in Reading, Berkshire, with 49-year-old Ricky Gage. A jury at Southwark Crown Court, in south London, convicted both men of three counts each of providing sperm without a licence or third-party agreement.”

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The Independent, 18th September 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Pair made £250,000 from illegal sperm donor service, court told – The Guardian

“Two businessmen earned £250,000 through an illegal fertility company providing women with access to sperm donors, a court heard today. In the first case of its kind, a jury was told that Nigel Woodforth, 43, ran the firm from the basement of his home in Reading, Berkshire, with 49-year-old Ricky Gage.”

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The Guardian, 13th September 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Fertility blunder risk due to slow regulator: review – Daily Telegraph

“Couples undergoing fertility treatment are being left at risk of embryo mix-ups and blunders because the industry regulator fails to take action early enough, a review has found.”

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Daily Telegraph, 7th December 2009

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Children born from donated sperm or eggs can trace genetic siblings, under new laws – Daily Telegraph

“Children conceived by egg or sperm donation will have the chance to find their biological siblings once they turn 18 under new laws which coming into effect, authorities said.”

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Daily Telegraph, 1st October 2009

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Couple win battle to save frozen embryos from destruction – The Times

“A couple spoke of their joy and renewed desire to have children last night after ministers allowed them to keep frozen embryos that otherwise would have been destroyed.”

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The Times, 10th September 2009

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Mother fights to save frozen embryos – Daily Telegraph

“A mother faces losing 11 frozen embryos under a new law which rules they must be destroyed after five years.”

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Daily Telegraph, 5th July 2009

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Christian groups lose legal challenge over human and animal embryos – The Times

“Medical research using embryos that contain both human and animal material was cleared to continue yesterday, after the High Court threw out a legal challenge by religious campaigners.”

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The Times, 20th February 2009

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

‘Hybrid embryo’ legal block lost – BBC News

“Christian campaigners have lost their High Court challenge to scientists being allowed to create human-animal embryos for research purposes.”

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BBC News, 9th December 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008

Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008 published

Full text of Act (PDF)

Source: www.opsi.gov.uk

MPs back embryology shakeup but abortion row continues – The Guardian

“The most significant shake-up of embryology laws for 20 years was last night approved by MPs, as the government faced down accusations of ‘shabby’ behaviour for thwarting the debate on abortion.”

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The Guardian, 23rd October 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Fertility reform held up by MPs, says watchdog – The Guardian

“Plans to overhaul Britain’s fertility laws have been held up by political squabbling over abortion rights, the head of the country’s fertility watchdog said yesterday.”

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The Guardian, 14th October 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Ruth Kelly wins fight to miss embryo Bill vote – The Times

“Gordon Brown has lost a of trial of strength with Ruth Kelly and is allowing her to miss a crucial vote to relax embryo research next week, The Times has learnt.”

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The Times, 1st July 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

MPs vote for hybrid embryos after Brown makes plea to permit ‘moral endeavour’ – The Guardian

“MPs pushed back the boundaries of science last night when they voted to allow the creation of hybrid embryos, which have a combination of human and animal DNA, as well as saviour siblings’ to save sick children.”

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The Guardian, 20th May 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

MPs to begin debate on embryology and abortion – The Guardian

“MPs will today begin a two-day debate that will affect the future of embryo research, IVF treatment and abortion.”

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The Guardian, 19th May 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Widow fights for right to use sperm taken from dead husband – The Guardian

“A widow is fighting for the right to have a child using sperm taken from her dead husband in a case that reopens the fertility debate sparked by Diane Blood, who had two children from sperm extracted from her husband while he was in a coma.”

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The Guardian, 19th May 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Gordon Brown accepts compromise over fathers to save key parts of embryo Bill – The Times

“The Prime Minister has accepted that he will have to sacrifice a measure on parenthood in order to save legislation to allow new embryo research and treatments.”

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The Times, 19th May 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Gay group’s anger at Tory amendment to IVF Bill – The Independent

“Gay campaigners criticised the Conservative Party last night after its health spokesmen attempted to force women to give the name of their sperm donor before being allowed IVF treatment.”

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The Independent, 18th May 2008

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Dr Rowan Williams compares Embryo Bill to rape and blackmail – Daily Telegraph

“The Archbishop of Canterbury on Sunday drew moral parallels between the creation of embryos for human use and rape and torture.”

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Daily Telegraph, 11th May 2008

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

MPs set to back new embryo research laws – The Guardian

“MPs will reject demands for tighter controls on abortion but are ready to allow new laws pushing back the boundary of research on human embryos, according to a survey carried out by the Guardian.”

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The Guardian, 12th May 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Related link: What’s in the bill?

Couples could win right to select deaf baby – Daily Telegraph

“Deaf couples could be allowed to use embryo-screening technology and choose to have a deaf child, after a climb-down by the Government in the face of campaigning.”

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Daily Telegraph, 14th April 2008

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Christian group mounts challenge to HFEA on hybrid embryo research – The Times

” The legality of the licences that allowed the creation of Britain’s first human-animal hybrid embryos is to be challenged by a Christian group, The Times has learnt.”

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The Times, 8th April 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Embryology Bill: Bishop’s ‘Frankenstein’ attack smacks of ignorance, say scientists – The Times

“Senior scientists have offered to meet Roman Catholic bishops and MPs to explain the need for legislation to allow experiments on embryos that are part-human and part-animal.”

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The Times, 24th March 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Brown faces deepening revolt over embryo bill – The Observer

“Gordon Brown faces a growing revolt over embryo research as former cabinet minister Stephen Byers last night joined calls for a free vote.”

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The Observer, 23rd March 2008

Source: http://observer.guardian.co.uk/

Cardinal Keith O’Brien attacks ‘monstrous’ human embryo Bill – The Times

“The Government is heading for its biggest confrontation with the Roman Catholic Church to date over its controversial new laws which will allow the creation of human-animal hybrid embryos.”

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The Times, 22nd March 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Couple who want deaf child angry at IVF ban – Daily Telegraph

“A deaf father who wishes to have a deaf child has spoken of his anger that a clause in new fertility legislation will make it illegal to use embryos with a genetic abnormality in IVF treatment, when ones without the same defect are available.”

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Daily Telegraph, 11th March 2008

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Artificial sperm use plans ignite embryo row – Daily Telegraph

“The controversy over legislation on embryology grew last night following proposals to allow babies to be conceived using ‘artificial’ sperm and eggs.”

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Daily Telegraph, 10th March 2008

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

MPs dismayed by HFEA’s hybrid egg decision – Daily Telegraph

“The body which regulates embryo research is to come under fire for allowing scientists to create part-human, part-animal hybrids.”

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Daily Telegraph, 3rd March 2008
Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Scientists claim victory in blocking stem-cell law after letter in Times – The Times

“The Government has agreed to back down on strict laws planned for embryonic stem-cell experiments after a ‘compelling case’ was made by leading scientists in a letter to The Times.”

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The Times, 2nd February 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Calls to lift child embryo ban – BBC News

“The government is looking into calls to lift a ban on creating human or human-animal ‘hybrid’ embryos from dying children to aid key research.”

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BBC News, 31st January 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Pro-life MPs seek free embryo vote – The Observer

“Gordon Brown is facing a revolt by cabinet ministers who are demanding a free vote over the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill, claiming that the ethical issues it raises are matters of conscience.”

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The Observer, 27th January 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Ministers will rethink Bill that could block stem-cell experiments – The Times

“Tough new consent laws that would block cloning experiments involving embryonic stem cells are to be reviewed by the Government after a protest by leading scientists.”

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The Times, 22nd January 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Human-animal embryos get the go-ahead – The Guardian

“British scientists will try to create human-animal embryos for the first time after receiving the go-ahead from the government’s fertility regulator yesterday. The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority said it had offered year-long licences to two teams of scientists that hope to use the embryos to study stem cells, the body’s master cells that have the potential to form any tissue or organ.”

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The Guardian, 18th January 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Government may revive fatherless baby Bill – Daily Telegraph

“Plans that could allow lesbian couples to create a child with no biological father may be brought back by the Government, it emerged last night.”

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Daily Telegraph, 16th January 2008

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Lords reject call for ban on hybrid-embryo research – The Independent

“The House of Lords last night decisively rejected attempts to ban research on hybrid animal and human embryos as Christian activists mounted a protest outside Parliament.”

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The Independent, 16th January 2008

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Lords to reject new embryo Bill – The Independent

“The Archbishop of York last night led a powerful cross-party attack by peers on plans to make it easier for lesbian couples to become parents through fertility treatment.”

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The Independent, 20th November 2007

Source: www.independent.co.uk

The cloning revolution: Ministers to back controversial change to law – The Independent

“Babies made by cloning techniques from the DNA of two women could be born within 10 years as ministers prepare to give the green light for embryos produced by biological material from three ‘parents’. A new law, to be debated in the House of Commons tomorrow (19 November), opens the door for such hybrid eggs to be implanted in women.”

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The Independent, 18th November 2007

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Archbishop condemns move to grant lesbians easier parenting rights – The Times

“Britain’s leading Roman Catholic churchman gives warning today that the role of a father in a child’s life will be undermined by legislation to make it easier for lesbian couples to become parents to test-tube babies.”

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The Times, 19th November 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Children donor awareness rejected – BBC News

“Ministers have rejected calls to force parents who have children via egg or sperm donation to register the fact on the birth certificate.”

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BBC News, 8th October 2007

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Doctors’ rebellion forces embryo research U-turn – The Times

“Ministers performed a U-turn yesterday over the future of fertility treatment and research using hybrid human-animal embryos. After a revolt by doctors, scientists and patients, first reported in The Times, the Department of Health announced that it was scrapping its controversial money-saving plan to merge the watchdogs for fertility treatment and human tissue.”

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The Times, 9th October 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Watchdog ends ban on part-human part-animal embryo research – The Guardian

“British stem cell scientists celebrated the end of a lengthy battle to create embryos which are part-human and part-animal yesterday after the research was approved by the government’s fertility watchdog.”

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The Guardian, 6th September 2007

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Human-animal embryo study wins approval – The Guardian

“Plans to allow British scientists to create human-animal embryos are expected to be approved tomorrow by the government’s fertility regulator. The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority published its long-awaited public consultation on the controversial research yesterday, revealing that a majority of people were ‘at ease’ with scientists creating the hybrid embryos.”

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The Guardian, 4th September 2007

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Hybrid embryo research likely to be approved – Daily Telegraph

“Research using hybrid embryos is likely to be given the go-ahead this week after warnings it would be a major blow to British science if the Government watchdog refused to allow it.”

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Daily Telegraph, 1st September 2007

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

A right to know – biological origins of IVF children to be stated on birth certificates – The Guardian

“Children born from donated sperm or eggs will have the information marked on their birth certificates under sweeping changes to fertility laws proposed by an influential group of ministers and peers yesterday.”

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The Guardian, 1st August 2007

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Designer-baby rules ‘should be relaxed to save more siblings’ – The Independent

“Strict rules permitting the birth of so-called ‘sibling saviours’ should be relaxed, a powerful parliamentary committee will say this week. The relaxation could lead to greater numbers of designer babies being born in order to save the lives of living brothers and sisters.”

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The Independent, 29th July 2007

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Regulator’s search of IVF clinic was illegal, says high court – The Guardian

“IVF doctors last night called for resignations and a full investigation by the Department of Health after the high court ruled that the fertility regulator had unlawfully obtained warrants to search a clinic on the eve of a Panorama documentary. The British Fertility Society, representing the doctors, said the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority had lost the trust of the clinics it regulates following the high court victory of Mohamed Taranissi, the controversial IVF doctor who has the best success rates in the country.”

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The Guardian, 29th June 2007

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Human-animal embryos get go-ahead – The Guardian

“Plans to outlaw the creation of ‘human-animal’ embryos are set to be scrapped by ministers amid fears that an outright ban would hamper work on incurable diseases and damage British science.”

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The Guardian, 18th May 2007

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Fertility bill to set out reforms – BBC News

“A draft bill setting out reform of the UK’s laws on assisted reproduction is being published later.” 

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BBC News, 17th May 2007

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Evans v. United Kingdom – Times Law Reports

Public interest outweighs individual’s private right

Evans v. United Kingdom (Application No. 6339/05)

European Court of Human Rights

“The United Kingdom did not exceed its margin of appreciation in requiring that both donors had to give consent to the implanting of fertilised embryos in the uterus.”

The Times, 2nd May 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Please note the Times Law Reports are only available free on Times Online for 21 days from the date of publication.

Woman loses fight to have ex-boyfriend’s baby – The Times

“A woman who was left infertile after cancer therapy has lost her five year fight to be allowed to have fertility treatment using frozen embryos from her ex-boyfriend after he objected.”

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The Times, 10th April 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Woman awaits ruling on use of frozen embryos – The Guardian

“A woman left infertile after cancer treatment will find out today if her ‘last chance’ to use her frozen embryos has been successful.”

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The Guardian, 10th April 2007

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Ban on human-animal embryos is unacceptable, MPs say – The Guardian

“Government plans to outlaw the creation of embryos which are part-human, part-animal are ‘unacceptable’ and threaten to undermine Britain’s leading position in stem cell science, MPs will say today.”

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The Guardian, 5th April 2007

Source: www.guardian.co.uk


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