0 Have your say Here are some of the issues covered by today's release of 25 technical documents setting out government planning and advice for businesses and citizens in the event that Brexit talks fail to reach an agreement. University researchThe UK Government has offered a guarantee to universities and research institutes receiving money through the Horizon 2020 programme, which has provided 4.6 billion euro to fund British research since 2014.Existing research projects will not lose their funding - but the government admits that the situation is less clear in cases where British researchers are working with colleagues elsewhere in the EU.Those projects may no longer be eligible for funding from the UK, and may not meet Horizon 2020 rules, either.READ MORE: Holidaymakers and online shoppers to face higher costs under no deal BrexitOrganic foodOver a third of British lamb is exported to the EU, and organic farmers across the UK use European standards and … [Read more...] about No-deal Brexit papers: what do they say?
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Difficult births Assisted reproduction is increasingly a reality in Germany, but the country’s laws have not kept up. One effect is to force many same-sex couples to go overseas to seek fertility treatment. By Lilian Fiala, Eva Fischer Published on August 17, 2018 1:30 pm German cultures of conception and birth are undergoing a quiet evolution. In the last 15 years, the number of children conceived by artificial insemination and other forms of assisted reproduction has almost doubled, with 21,000 children born in 2015. But growing demand for assisted reproduction is bumping up against Germany’s laws on conception, which are much stricter than many of its European neighbors. Only couples may use donated sperm to conceive, and they can only do so if someone is prepared to accept paternity of the child. And donating sperm anonymously is illegal. The laws were established to help heterosexual couples with difficulties in conceiving by traditional means. But … [Read more...] about Same-sex German couples forced abroad for fertility treatments
John Fauber and Matt Wynn, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and USA TODAY NETWORK Published 8:46 p.m. UTC Aug 16, 2018 In the fight against cancer, you won’t find a mixture known as Allesgen on the long list of drugs approved as safe and effective by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. But a doctor in California has been peddling his own $1,800-a-month “cure” to desperate patients for years. Despite four years of warnings from the FDA, a patient lawsuit, scathing online reviews and a raid by federal agents, the California medical board has not taken action. Benedict Liao is one of 73 doctors around the country with active medical licenses who got FDA warning letters over a five-year period alleging serious problems. Only one was disciplined by his state medical board, an investigation by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and MedPage Today found. The warning letters, which get scant public attention, are sent after FDA officials conduct … [Read more...] about FDA warning letters to doctors flag serious problems, but state medical boards do nothing
Tears are a regular occurrence in a fertility clinic. Tears of joy, tears of frustration, tears of loss happen almost daily. For some, those tears are the tears of “what if”, writes Marie Menke.What if I had tried to get pregnant sooner? What if I had known then what I know now?Hope is the incredible gift that Robert Edwards and Patrick Steptoe, the pioneers who made in vitro fertilization (IVF) possible, gave to the generations that followed them. They continued experiments, even though society feared that “test-tube babies” pushed past boundaries never meant to be crossed.Now 40 years after Louise Brown, the first child born through IVF (where the egg is fertilized with sperm in the laboratory instead of the body), this gift affects millions. The astonishing breakthrough has gone beyond initial, seemingly insurmountable steps and moved into realms that include routine egg and embryo freezing for patients uncertain if they are ready to pursue childbearing. Even … [Read more...] about 40 years after the birth of IVF, researchers push boundaries to preserve fertility in women, men and children
1978: THE YEAR IT ALL BEGAN THE BREAKTHROUGH As lab technician Jean Purdy watched the single-cell embryo in the petri dish in front of her divide into eight cells, she could, presumably, never have imagined exactly what that moment would herald. For not only would it lead to the birth of Louise Brown nine months later — the world’s first ‘test tube baby’ — after that particular developing embryo was successfully implanted into Louise’s mother, but ultimately it would mean the birth of more than six million people, who might not have existed otherwise. Purdy is now considered to be the world’s first embryologist — and one of a team of three British scientists, along with scientist Robert Edwards and Patrick Steptoe, a gynaecologist at Oldham General Hospital, whose dogged determination ushered in the age of IVF. Did you know? A staggering eight million babies worldwide have since been born through IVF IVF — or in vitro … [Read more...] about The six ages of IVF: We chart the fertility milestones since 1978