UK doctors to seek permission to create baby with DNA from three people

Dec 1, 2016 by

by Ian Sample, Guardian: Doctors will seek permission this month to create Britain’s first baby from the DNA of three people if the government’s fertility regulator approves the treatment for carefully chosen patients. Specialists in Newcastle are ready to offer mitochondrial replacement therapy (MRT) to women who are in danger of passing on devastating and often fatal genetic disorders to their children. The conditions affect about one in 10,000 births. A scientific review commissioned by the...

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Calls to slash price of morning-after pill and sell off shelf like aspirin

Nov 29, 2016 by

by Laura Donnelly, Telegraph: The morning-after pill should be sold straight from shop shelves alongside aspirin, the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS) has said. The charity is calling for price cuts to end a “sexist surcharge” on emergency contraception, with British women paying up to £30 for pills that cost as little as £6 abroad. The charity said the price difference was such that for some women it could be cheaper to fly to France to buy the morning-after pill than to purchase it...

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Department of Health reviewing regulations on cryogenics after UK charity reveals children as young as 7 have signed up

Nov 21, 2016 by

by Jane Mathews, Telegraph: Regulations on cryonics are being reviewed in the wake of the case of a 14-year-old girl who was frozen after her death. The Department of Health said it was conducting a review after concerns were raised about Cryonics UK during the court case in which the British teenager won the right to be cryogenically preserved in America. The trust of the hospital where she died also claimed that Cryonics UK members were “under-equipped and disorganised” when they...

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In the Fast Lane: Genetic Engineering Speeds up

Nov 13, 2016 by

From St Mary’s University, Twickenham: Interim Director of The Centre for Bioethics and Emerging Technology (CBET) at St Mary’s University, Twickenham Dr Trevor Stammers writes on developments in three parent IVF. Last month saw two major steps in the inevitable progress of genetic engineering with or without any ethical framework. On 27th September, the birth in Mexico of the world’s first “three parent baby” was announced in the New Scientist. The picture of the infant being held in...

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NHS loses court appeal over ‘game-changing’ HIV drugs

Nov 11, 2016 by

by Sarah Boseley, Guardian: NHS England does have the power to pay for drugs to protect thousands of people against HIV, the appeal court has ruled, but they may still miss out if it decides it does not have enough money to prioritise them over treatments for other conditions. The court upheld an earlier judgment that it is within the power of NHS England to fund treatment known as PrEP – pre-exposure prophylaxis – which can protect the partners of people with HIV from infection. The case was...

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New Down’s Syndrome tests will spark abortion surge

Nov 2, 2016 by

by Dr Peter Saunders: On Monday, the Government approved a new test for pregnant women that will make it much easier to detect and destroy babies with Down’s Syndrome (DS) (see previous Christian Medical Fellowship blog posts here, here, here and here). According to the BBC, the non-invasive prenatal test (NIPT) will be rolled out by the NHS from 2018. NIPT involves taking a sample of blood from the pregnant woman which is then examined for abnormal foetal DNA. It is called...

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