Latest Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority Stories

Three-Parent Conception Helps Reduce Risk Of Inherited Mitochondrial Disease
2014-06-03 12:53:49

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online To prevent deadly, inherited mitochondrial diseases – UK doctors have devised a unique scheme: create a fertilized embryo using eggs from two different women and sperm from one man. According to a new report from the country’s Human Fertilization and Embryology Authority (HFEA), the proposed procedure would be safe and possibly useful, setting the stage for a debate surrounding the ethics of engineering a three-parent child. The US...

2013-07-09 17:34:49

Children born as a result of assisted reproduction (ART) are at no greater risk of cancer than children born spontaneously in the general population, according to results of one of the largest ever cohort studies of ART children. "This is reassuring news for couples considering assisted conception, their subsequent children, fertility specialists and for the wider public health," said the investigators. Results of the study were presented today at the annual meeting of ESHRE by Dr Carrie...

Three-Parent Method May Help Eliminate Hereditary Diseases
2013-03-20 18:37:03

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online British officials are debating whether or not to legalize new in vitro fertilization (IVF) techniques that would eliminate dangerous hereditary diseases, but would essentially create a child from three different parents. According to the UK´s Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA), a public consultation in 2012 indicated UK citizens mostly support the use of the potentially life-saving technique, despite any...

2012-01-03 12:23:07

Cardiff University technique could help predict IVF embryos with best success chances A new technique successfully used in mice to identify embryos likely to result in a successful pregnancy could be used in humans, potentially boosting IVF success rates and helping to reduce the number of multiple births, according to Cardiff University scientists. The findings, published in the international journal, Fertility and Sterility and funded by the Wellcome Trust, used an advanced imaging...

2011-04-19 12:35:00

A British expert panel said on Tuesday that more research is needed before "3-parent" fertility treatments designed to prevent some incurable diseases can be considered safe for clinical use. The Human Fertilization and Embryology Authority (HFEA) said the evidence suggested the methods were safe, but more laboratory experiments should be done before they are used in clinics. The techniques involve intervening in the fertilization process to remove faulty mitochondrial DNA, which can lead...

2011-03-11 14:35:29

A fertility treatment designed to prevent some incurable inherited diseases, opens the possibility that children could be conceived from three biological parents. British Health Minister Andrew Lansley asked the Human Fertilization and Embryology Authority (HFEA) to assess three-parent in-vitro fertilization (IVF) after researchers said they had mastered the technique using cloning technology, Reuters is reporting. Newcastle University has refined the technique which swaps DNA between two...

2010-07-26 12:08:35

Thirty-two years ago today, the world's first baby was born after in vitro fertilisation. However, the work that led to the birth of Louise Brown on 25 July 1978 had to be privately funded after the UK's Medical Research Council decided in 1971 against providing the Cambridge physiologist Robert Edwards and the Oldham gynaecologist Patrick Steptoe with long-term financial support. Today, an intriguing paper published in Europe's leading reproductive medicine journal Human Reproduction [1]...

2009-11-12 09:26:00

CORNWALL, England, Nov. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- A new software technology is helping to reduce the risk of laboratory errors in infertility treatment, by electronically identifying the sperm, eggs, resulting embryos and other materials used in in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatment cycles. Using non-invasive Radio Frequency Identification (RFID), IVF Witness(TM) can track a patient's sperm, eggs and embryos during the course of treatment. If the wrong material is introduced in the lab...

2009-09-02 12:50:00

Scientists in Britain have announced the birth of the first baby using a new egg-screening method intended to help women who are unable to conceive using in vitro fertilization (IVF). His name is Oliver, and his 41-year-old mother had undergone 13 failed IVF attempts, but thanks to the new technique, she was finally able to conceive. Scientists have named the procedure array comparative genomic hybridization, or CGH. The procedure was created in Nottingham. CGH is a process by which experts...

2009-07-27 13:24:16

A sperm and egg donor shortage in Britain means a ban on paying people to donate should be repealed, the head of the government's fertility watchdog says. Paying donors could cut the number of childless couples traveling abroad for treatment, Lisa Jardine, chairwoman of the Human Fertilization and Embryology Authority, told The Times of London. The agency regulates and inspects all British clinics providing in vitro fertilization, artificial insemination, and the storage of human ova, sperm...

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