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About Assisted Reproduction


Most assisted reproductive technologies (ART) are used to treat infertility. Others are used when there are no fertility problems. Embryo screening or pre-implantation genetic diagnosis, for example, is used in order to prevent the births of children with specific genetic characteristics.

In vitro fertilization (IVF) refers to assisted reproduction procedures in which sperm and eggs are joined outside a woman's body. Women undergoing IVF are given hormonal drugs to promote the development of multiple eggs, which are retrieved with a minor surgical procedure. The eggs are mixed with sperm; one or more of those that fertilize are then transferred to the woman's uterus.

IVF has been in use since 1978 and has resulted in almost four million births worldwide. A number of IVF-related techniques have been introduced since then. Some of these, such as pre-implantation genetic diagnosis and commercial gestational surrogacy, raise significant ethical and policy concerns. In the United States alone, the assisted reproduction business is estimated to create over $3 billion in revenues a year.

Research on the risks associated with ART is notoriously inadequate. There have been few follow-up studies either on women who have used ARTs or their children. The United States is also known for having few laws governing assisted reproduction and little oversight of ART facilities.



No ‘Rainbow Families’: Ethnic Donor Stipulation at Fertility Centre ‘Floors’ Local Womanby Jessica BarrettCalgary Herald [Canada]July 25th, 2014A Calgary woman was shocked to learn of a policy at the city’s only fertility treatment centre that restricts patients from using sperm, eggs or embryos from donors who do not match their ethnic background.
French Luminaries’ Open Letter on Surrogacy by Marcy DarnovskyBiopolitical TimesJuly 24th, 2014Prominent left and center-left figures are urging President François Hollande to reinforce France’s legal prohibition of surrogacy contracts.
UK Move Toward “3-Person IVF” is Risky and Premature, Says Public Interest Group[Press statement]July 22nd, 2014The UK Department of Health has announced it will press ahead with efforts to gain Parliamentary approval for three-person IVF.
Cross-Border Surrogacy: Media Spotlight, EU Court Decision, International Forumby Marcy DarnovskyBiopolitical TimesJuly 10th, 2014What happens when people flout their own countries’ laws by going abroad to hire a surrogate in one of the few jurisdictions that allow it?
A Paragraph in Slow Motion: Three-Person IVF in The New York Timesby George Estreich, Biopolitical Times guest contributorJuly 10th, 2014A close look at the rhetoric used to justify experimental technologies, and particularly at the way reasonable objections are dismissed.
Donated IVF Eggs Linked to Gestational Hypertensionby Mitchel L. ZolerOb.Gyn. News Digital NetworkJuly 8th, 2014Women who became pregnant by in vitro fertilization with a donated egg had a substantially increased risk of pregnancy-induced hypertension and preeclampsia.
We're Already Designing Babies[With CGS's Marcy Darnovsky]by Olga KhazanThe AtlanticJuly 3rd, 2014Even today, parents are selecting for the traits they want in their offspring. But how far should the genetic tailoring go?
Should We Design Our Babies? [VIDEO] [With CGS's Marcy Darnovsky]The Aspen InstituteJuly 2nd, 2014At the Aspen Ideas Festival, Marcy Darnovsky and Nita A. Farahany discuss the possibility and implications of "designer babies."
Risks of Donor Egg Pregnancies Revealedby Laura DonnellyThe TelegraphJuly 1st, 2014A major study has found that women who become pregnant using donor eggs have far higher rates of complications.
Big Money Riding on the Hopes and Dreams of the Unwilling Childlessby Terry BarnesThe AgeJuly 1st, 2014Fertility clinics operate in an industry that is capable of exploiting those desperate to have children.
The Brave New World of Three-Parent I.V.F.[Quotes CGS's Marcy Darnovsky]by Kim TingleyNew York Times MagazineJune 27th, 2014The historic nature of the moment has turned the technique into a symbol, a red line separating humanity from a dystopian or progressive future, depending on how you look at it.
Selling the Next False Hope? How Experimental IVF Techniques Could be Legalized Despite Increasing Evidence of Potential Harmby Jessica CussinsBiopolitical TimesJune 24th, 2014Contrary to official reports, new evidence shows that “3-person IVF” could pose serious risks to women and children. So why are we being told that it’s a “not unsafe” option?
I Was Sure Freezing My Eggs Would Solve Everythingby Doree ShafrirBuzzFeedJune 22nd, 2014When I was 35 and single in New York City, I was convinced I’d be alone forever. Undergoing a costly procedure to buy myself time seemed like the right choice.
'Shoebox IVF' Hope for Infertile Couplesby Cathy EdwardsBBCJune 21st, 2014Infertility has been neglected in developing countries, partly because of a focus on controlling overpopulation. But experts argue that true reproductive health has to address both sides.
Three Parents and a Baby - Scientists Advise Caution with Regard to Artificial Insemination MethodHealth CanalJune 18th, 2014One mitochondrial type may be able to assert itself against the other. If the assertive one happens to carry the defective mtDNA, the benefit of the therapy would be jeopardized.
Underground Business Cashes in on Infertile Couplesby Li YanGlobal TimesJune 17th, 2014Business is booming in the Chinese mainland's black market in women's eggs, where agencies advertise their underground services to infertile couples.
Lord Winston Criticises 'Jungle' World of British Fertility Treatmentby Steve ConnorThe IndependentJune 15th, 2014In his strongest attack yet on the UK's "incompetent" IVF watchdog, the fertility medicine pioneer says the field is now being driven by profit, often at the expense of patients.
Social Egg Freezing in the Race Against the Biological Clockby Vardit RavitskyImpact EthicsJune 13th, 2014Elective egg freezing offers an individual solution to a social problem that should be addressed not only through high-tech medical intervention but also through policy change.
Should Three People be Allowed to Make a Baby?by Arielle Duhaime-RossVergeJune 12th, 2014Researchers might soon make a child with three genetic parents, but the ethics of "designer babies" haven't been worked out.
CGS and OBOS Awarded Two-Year Grant by MacArthur FoundationJune 11th, 2014We are delighted to announce that the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation has awarded CGS and OBOS a $200,000 grant over two years for collaborative work on cross-border surrogacy and commercial egg retrieval.
"Three-Person IVF" Update Reveals How Little We Knowby Jessica CussinsThe Huffington PostJune 5th, 2014The UK fertility regulator has been saying the techniques are "not unsafe" for three years now. This should not be interpreted to mean that they are in fact safe.
"3-Person IVF” Update Reveals How Little We Knowby Jessica CussinsBiopolitical TimesJune 5th, 2014A new report on the safety and efficacy of three-person IVF confirms that it would be dangerous and misguided to allow these techniques into UK fertility clinics anytime soon.
Birth Defects in ART Babies Reviewedby Lizzie ThelwellMedical XpressJune 4th, 2014Children born through ART have a higher risk of preterm birth, low birth weight, birth defects and being small for gestational age.
Making Embryos from 3 People Doesn't Look Unsafe[Quotes CGS's Marcy Darnovsky]by Maria ChengAssociated PressJune 3rd, 2014Britain's fertility regulator called for further experiments before patients are treated. If approved, Britain would become the first country in the world to allow embryos to be genetically modified this way.
Is the UK Being Too Hasty Over Three-Parent Babies?by Marcy Darnovsky and Donna DickensonNew ScientistJune 3rd, 2014The rush to permit controversial "three-person embryo" methods raises serious questions.
UK Agency’s Update on “Three-Person IVF” Leaves Safety Questions Unresolved [Press statement]June 3rd, 2014Parliamentary Vote Would be Premature, Says Public Interest Group
Do Genes Matter? Families Under the Microscopeby Petra NordqvistBioNewsJune 2nd, 2014How do genes and genetic relationships actually matter in the messy and complex world of everyday life? These questions were addressed at the event 'Do genes matter? Donor conception and family life.'
Another Scandal at a Prominent Surrogacy Agencyby Marcy DarnovskyBiopolitical TimesMay 29th, 2014Planet Hospital, a well-known medical tourism company that has boasted of pioneering cross-border surrogacy in India and Mexico, stands accused of deceiving its clients and stealing their money.
Why are Smart Women Waiting Until the Onset of Menopause to Try to Have Kids?by Miriam ZollPBSMay 27th, 2014Over the last four decades, we emancipated daughters of America have been taught that we have the power to control our destinies.
$3B Fertility Industry the Wild West of U.S. Medicineby Justine GriffinSarasota Herald-TribuneMay 25th, 2014What began as a way to honor a childhood friend who passed away devolved into a tangle of broken promises, scary science and questionable experiences.
Renewed Concerns For Women As Cloning Technology Advances[Quotes CGS's Marcy Darnovsky]by John FarrellForbesMay 23rd, 2014The recent cloning breakthroughs highlight a lack of engagement with the issue from the bioethical perspective.
Making Babiesby Alexis C. MadrigalThe AtlanticMay 21st, 2014Some guesses about how the future may change what’s involved in making a person—from the ease of getting pregnant, to the mechanics of procreation, to our very definition of family.
Could a California Bill Make Going From Sperm Donor to Father as Easy as Filling Out a Form? Not so Fast.by Abby PhillipWashington PostMay 20th, 2014Want to make sure a sperm donor can’t claim to be a father? Check here. And vice versa. Or at least that’s the hope of the “Modern Family Act.”
RADIO: Mothers for a Human Future[With CGS's Marcy Darnovsky]by Dr. Gordon AtherleyVoiceAmericaMay 19th, 2014Enola Aird and Marcy Darnovsky discuss the ways in which human genetic engineering and assisted reproductive technologies are developing.
Desperate for a Baby: Scammed in Global Surrogacy's Newest Frontierby Caroline Cooper, Adam May and Anna ChristiansenAl Jazeera AmericaMay 15th, 2014The prominent international surrogacy agency Planet Hospital is now in bankruptcy and under federal investigation, accused of leaving clients with a pile of bills and no babies.
Danish Company Offers Gender Selectionby Alina ShronThe Copenhagen PostMay 15th, 2014Ads promise that parents can both choose their baby's sex and avoid it getting hereditary diseases, and that there is no waiting period for donor eggs.
Will the UK Disrupt the Global Consensus against Human Germline Modifications?by Jessica CussinsBiopolitical TimesMay 14th, 2014What might be the short and long-term effects on global policy if the UK allows the creation of embryos with permanently altered genetic makeup?
Government to Order Fertility Clinics to Release Donor Informationby Nicole HashamThe Sydney Morning HeraldMay 11th, 2014Fertility clinics in Australia will be required to hand over information about anonymous sperm donors so children can learn about their genetic origins.
Their Foremothers’ Daughters[Quotes CGS's Marcy Darnovsky]by Helen ChernikoffThe Jewish WeekMay 7th, 2014Jewish culture tends to appreciate scientific fervor, but a small group of American Jews are sounding a warning about the risks that can come with assisted reproductive technologies.
Fertility Guru's IVF warning: Rich Could Pay to Have Brighter Babiesby Mario Ledwith and Fiona MacraeDaily MailMay 5th, 2014Breakthroughs in IVF could "threaten our humanity" by prompting parents to demand designer babies, warns fertility pioneer Lord Robert Winston.
Not Your Everyday, Dull-as-Dishwater Paternity Caseby Michael CookBioEdgeMay 4th, 2014An investigation at the University of Utah is testing the presumption that IVF clinics are delivering babies who are the biological children of their clients.
Ending Discrimination in Surrogacy Lawsby Anil MalhotraThe HinduMay 3rd, 2014Recent government meetings on India's draft Assisted Reproductive Technology Bill have resulted in a proposal for significant changes, including restricting surrogacy to “infertile Indian married couples” only.
Hidden Clinical Trial Data about Lupronby Lynne MillicanImpact EthicsMay 2nd, 2014For 25 years, Lynne Millican has been promoting awareness of, and trying to prompt investigations into, the serious problems associated with the drug Lupron.
Advancing the Disability Rights Perspective on Bioethics Issuesby Diane ColemanNot Dead YetMay 2nd, 2014The first ever Disability Rights Leadership Institute on Bioethics drew more than 60 participants.
'Provocative' Research Turns Skin Cells Into Spermby Rob SteinNPRMay 1st, 2014Scientists report they have figured out a way to make primitive human sperm out of skin cells, an advance that could someday help infertile men have children.
Preference for Sons Hurts Mothersby Gayle Tzemach LemmonCouncil on Foreign RelationsMay 1st, 2014A recent paper released by the World Bank suggests that son preference could be doing more than skewing sex ratios in India: It may be partly responsible for driving high mortality rates seen among mothers in India whose first child is a girl.
Fertility Study Warns of Risks From Multiple BirthsThe Wall Street JournalApril 28th, 2014Researchers from the Hastings Center and the Yale Fertility Center are calling for a number of policy changes to encourage doctors and patients to avoid multiple pregnancies.
Data Murky on Fertility Ratesby Hannah SeligsonThe New York TimesApril 28th, 2014Here’s the question on the minds of people who spend tens of thousands of dollars on fertility treatments: What are my chances of having a healthy baby? As it turns out, it’s not easy to tell.
Infertility, Endured Through a Prism of Raceby Tanzina VegaThe New York TimesApril 25th, 2014Black women may face infertility more often than white women but are less likely to seek medical help, and their struggles are compounded by cultural issues.
Invoking ‘Choice’ When Discussing Surrogacy as a Feminist Concern is a Mistakeby Susan Berke Fogel, Francine Coeytaux, Marcy Darnovsky, Lisa Ikemoto, and Judy NorsigianRH Reality CheckApril 23rd, 2014It is troubling to see the vexing question of commercial surrogacy treated as a litmus test for feminists. It can’t be understood in a simplistic pro-choice versus anti-choice framework, or as only a matter of self-determination.
NIPS SPINby Robert RestaThe DNA ExchangeApril 21st, 2014Every few years a new screening technology comes zooming down the prenatal pike, sometimes arriving more quickly than we might like. The latest iteration – Non-Invasive Prenatal Screening – stands head and shoulders above the rest.
Hot New Having It All Tip: Just Be Rich Enough to Freeze Your Eggs!by Erin Gloria RyanJezebelApril 17th, 2014Fertility preservation, as the kids are calling it nowadays, is the future of women's career advancement, says a Bloomberg writer and editor. But, like most trendpieces about options only rich people can afford, There Are Some Problems With This Piece.
Advocates for Children and Childhood Mobilizing on Concerns about GM Babiesby Marcy DarnovskyBiopolitical TimesApril 17th, 2014Concern about "three-person embryo" techniques is growing among advocates for children and childhood.
Doctors Weigh in on So-Called "Designer Babies" Debateby Erin BillupsTime Warner Cable NewsApril 16th, 2014Should scientists be allowed to alter the mitochondria in a mother's egg to produce a healthy baby? NYU Langone Fertility specialist Dr. David Keefe, who helped pioneer the technique, says there are still many lingering questions.
The Problem With America’s Twin Epidemicby Sarah Elizabeth RichardsTimeApril 16th, 2014Americans undergoing fertility treatments have gotten used to the prospect of the 'instant family'—but it may carry unnecessary risks.
The Baby Makers: Critics Push for Regulation of India's Booming Surrogacy IndustryABCApril 15th, 2014Candidates are being urged to finally push through legislation to regulate the country's booming commercial surrogacy industry. "The human rights of the surrogates are not being protected," said author and critic Kishwar Desai.
Conceiving Identities[Quotes CGS's Marcy Darnovsky]by Matt McCallThe Columbia ChronicleApril 14th, 2014In spite of my curiosity, today, at age 19, I do not know anything about my biological father. The absence of this data is the result of a series of errors in both federal and professional oversight of sperm and egg donation.
Stocking the Genetic Supermarket: Reproductive Genetic Technologies and Collective Action Problemsby Chris Gyngell and Thomas DouglasWiley Online LibraryApril 10th, 2014Reproductive genetic technologies targeting non-medical traits could lead to collective action problems. Does this risk justify state intervention in the genetic supermarket?
Ontario to fund in-vitro fertilization with a caveat — one embryo at a time to cut risky multiple birthsby Tom BlackwellNational PostApril 9th, 2014The Ontario government announced Thursday it will become only the second province in Canada to fund in-vitro fertilization for people unable to have children otherwise.
Startup Offering DNA Screening of 'Hypothetical Babies' Raises Fears Over Designer Children[Quotes CGS's Marcy Darnovsky]by Catherine de LangeThe GuardianApril 5th, 2014Anne Morriss and Lee Silver are about to launch a company called Genepeeks that uses the DNA of sperm donors and recipients to create "virtual babies."
Genetic Inheritance: How Much do you Want to Know?by Stuart JeffriesThe GuardianApril 4th, 2014Scientist Sharon Moalem says we will soon be able to alter our children's lives with genetic manipulation – would you do it if you could?
Inconvenient Truths About Commercial Surrogacyby Kathleen Sloan and Jennifer LahlTwin CitiesApril 1st, 2014It's time for the shenanigans and propaganda to stop and for the inconvenient truths about commercial surrogacy to be told.
A Sperm Donor, Uncertain of What It Is to Be ‘Bio-Dad’by David DodgeThe New York TimesMarch 31st, 2014My good friends needed some free, fresh sperm. Beyond that sounding like some twisted promotion at a farmer’s market, why not help? Plenty of reasons, it turns out.
INTERVIEW: “I’m a Queer Egg Donor”by Raquel CoolWe Are Egg DonorsMarch 28th, 2014This interview is about stigma, being queer, and navigating the heteronormative medical landscape of egg donation.
NHS Fertility Treatments Allow Two-Mum Families to Reach Record Levels by Emily DuganThe IndependentMarch 27th, 2014Record numbers of lesbian couples are becoming parents through fertility treatment, official figures show. The number of two-mum families jumped by more than a third in 2012 in the UK.
Surrogacy Births Bill Sails Through House Committeeby Michelle MillhollonThe Advocate [Louisiana]March 27th, 2014The compromise includes criminalizing financial compensation other than medical, legal and travel expenses for the surrogacy.
Canadians Pay Egg Donors On The Grey Marketby Rebecca ZamonThe Huffington PostMarch 26th, 2014It’s been illegal for 10 years in Canada to buy sperm or ova, but Radio-Canada’s investigative program Enquête has learned that some clinics and agencies are helping infertile couples circumvent the law.
Do we Know Enough About the Risks of Donating Eggs?by Judy NorsigianInfertility Family Research RegistryMarch 26th, 2014As the demand increases for young women to provide their eggs for both fertility and research purposes, the lack of adequate long term safety data is an issue being raised by all those concerned about this gap in our medical knowledge.
Review: Finding Our Families: A First-of-Its-Kind Book for Donor-Conceived People and Their Familiesby Diane Beeson, Biopolitical Times guest contributorMarch 26th, 2014Is secrecy about "donor" origins in the children’s interest? The answer to this question is a resounding No, according to Wendy Kramer and Naomi Cahn's new book.
Slowing the Rush to Genetically Modified Babiesby Enola AirdMomsRisingMarch 22nd, 2014The United Kingdom is moving closer to allowing scientists to create genetically modified children – something no country in the world currently authorizes.
A Surrogate Storyby Debesh BanerjeeThe Indian ExpressMarch 21st, 2014A documentary shot in Delhi tells of a surrogate mother’s life and the lucrative industry of commercial surrogacy.
Letter to HFEA: Consider the Risks of “Mitochondrial Manipulation” Discussed by the FDA by Marcy DarnovskyBiopolitical TimesMarch 21st, 2014A letter signed by 53 prominent scholars and advocates has been sent to the UK agency considering clinical trials of so-called "mitochondrial manipulation."
Is Ed Houben Europe's Most Virile Man?BBC NewsMarch 19th, 2014Ed Houben has an unusual pastime. He has slept with scores of women who seek him out for his legendary powers of insemination. As John Laurenson discovers, he doesn't charge.
Majority of UK Women Oppose Legalizing the Creation of "3-Person Embryos"by Jessica CussinsBiopolitical TimesMarch 19th, 2014A just-completed poll has found that the UK public is deeply conflicted about the government's move to legalize the creation of "3-person embryos."
Can You Pass the (Deoxyribonucleic) Acid Test?[with CGS's Pete Shanks]Center for Environmental HealthMarch 17th, 2014Discussion with Kira Peikoff, Dr. David Ng, Dr. Stuart Newman, and Pete Shanks on 23andMe, direct-to-consumer genetic testing, epigenetics, and GMO humans.
Abbott Launches Sweeping Review of IVF EthicsSunshine Coast Daily [Australia]March 17th, 2014The ethical rules governing the use of egg and sperm donations, embryos, surrogacy and sex selection for IVF patients could soon be overhauled, with a sweeping review underway.
National Perinatal Association Urges IVF Clinics to Reduce Infant Health Risks and Costs by Prioritizing Elective Single Embryo Transferby Press ReleaseNational Perinatal AssociationMarch 17th, 2014For the first time in its history, the NPA is urging reproductive endocrinologists and health insurance companies to reduce serious health risks resulting from in vitro fertilization procedures.
His Fertility Advance Draws Ire: Shoukhrat Mitalipov’s Mitochrondrial Manipulations[Quotes CGS's Marcy Darnovsky]by Sabrina TeverniseNew York TimesMarch 15th, 2014To Shoukhrat Mitalipov, the mysterious power producers inside every human cell are a lifelong obsession.
Stirring the Simmering “Designer Baby” Potby Thomas H. MurrayScienceMarch 14th, 2014Good ethics begins with good facts, but the effort by the FDA to get the facts straight is just the beginning of the conversation we must have on the wisdom of new reproductive technologies.
New Polling Raises Public Safety Concerns About Three Parent Children Proposalsby Press ReleaseCareMarch 13th, 2014A new opinion poll supports the concern that the Government is rushing ahead with its plans to allow the creation of 3-parent children without public support or the necessary safety tests.
What We Know About Three-Parent In Vitro Fertilizationby Jessica CussinsRH Reality CheckMarch 13th, 2014The creation of genetically manipulated babies would be a huge and dangerous step. So, what's the evidence about efficacy and safety, and what are the available alternatives?
Time For Law to Protect Egg Donorsby Durgesh Nandan JhaThe Times of IndiaMarch 12th, 2014After the death of an egg provider in Delhi, experts and women's health advocates say women in need of money are at the receiving end of irresponsible medical practices.
Sex-Selective Abortion Bans Highlight Faultlines in the Reproductive Rights Movementby Eesha PanditRH Reality CheckMarch 12th, 2014The South Dakota bill that would ban “sex-selective” abortions is a means to an end — the end, of course, being banning all abortions.
Higher Risks for Artificially Conceived Infantsby Miriam Zoll, Biopolitical Times guest contributorMarch 12th, 2014Data about the risks involved in high-tech assisted reproduction have until recently been scarce, but families intending to use these technologies should be aware of the full implications of the statistics that are available.
Consider Ethical Questions of 'Designer Babies' by Elizabeth M. MeadeThe Morning CallMarch 10th, 2014The leap from selecting out diseases to selecting out traits you would not want your child to have is very small indeed.
When Science Doesn't Have all the Answersby Louise KinrossBloomMarch 6th, 2014My son’s rare genetic deletion is on the list of disorders identified by microarray analysis of a fetus’s DNA. It makes me sad to think that the lives of children like my son are being targeted for termination. Is this a step forward?
Three-Parent Babies and Eugenicsby Nathaniel ComfortGenotopiaMarch 6th, 2014The “three-parent baby” is most certainly genetic engineering — it just modifies “cassettes” of genes, if you will, rather than tweaking single genes or nucleotides. It is exactly as eugenic as going through conventional IVF and selecting the traits you want in your offspring.
UK Opens Public Consultation on Draft Regulations to Permit “Three-Person Embryos”by Jessica CussinsBiopolitical TimesMarch 6th, 2014The UK Department of Health has released draft regulations and begun a three-month public consultation for what it terms “mitochondrial donation.”
Litany of Unknowns Surface at FDA Meeting on Germline Mitochondrial Techniquesby Jessica CussinsBiopolitical TimesMarch 6th, 2014An FDA committee held a historic public meeting last week to discuss the scientific, technologic, and clinical issues related to experimental procedures that would alter the human germline.
Hospital Delivery Charges Significantly Higher When Babies Conceived Through Assisted Reproductive Technologiesby Miriam ZollReporting on HealthMarch 4th, 2014A new study has found that from 2009-2011 in California, hospital delivery charges associated with babies born through assisted reproductive technologies were significantly higher than for babies born through natural conception.
The Rent-a-Womb Boomby Adrienne VogtThe Daily BeastMarch 3rd, 2014Who really profits from India’s multimillion-dollar surrogacy industry? Adrienne Vogt explores the uncertain future of the subcontinent’s baby business.
Stillbirths and Infant Health Risks Higher in California’s Artificially Conceived Infantsby Miriam ZollReporting on HealthFebruary 28th, 2014A new study has found that in California from 2009-2011 there was a 24- to 27-fold increase in health risks among infants born through assisted reproductive technologies or artificial insemination compared to babies conceived naturally.
U.K. Government Proposes Rules to Allow 'Three-Parent Embryos'by Gretchen VogelScience InsiderFebruary 27th, 2014The U.K. government issued proposed regulations that would allow researchers to try a new and controversial technique that would result in a form of genetic alteration that could be passed on to future generations.
FDA Weighs Unknowns of 3-Person Embryo Fertilization[Quotes CGS's Marcy Darnovsky]by Matthew PerroneAssociated PressFebruary 26th, 2014Genetic experts cautioned that it could take decades to confirm the safety of an experimental technique, meant to prevent children from inheriting debilitating diseases, that would create babies from the DNA of three people.
Test Is Improved Predictor of Fetal Disordersby Pam BelluckNew York TimesFebruary 26th, 2014A test that analyzes fetal DNA found in a pregnant woman’s blood proved much more accurate in screening for Down syndrome and another chromosomal disorder than the now-standard blood test, a new study has found.
Why the FDA should not green-light 3-parent reproduction[Quotes CGS's Marcy Darnovsky]by Paul KnoepflerKnoepfler Lab Stem Cell BlogFebruary 26th, 2014The FDA meeting is a great form for this discussion, although it leaves off the ethical and societal issues. Ultimately I hope the FDA says “no” to the technology. Humanity just isn’t ready and the risks are too great.
The New Science Of Three-Parent Babies[With CGS's Marcy Darnovsky]by Tom AshbrookNPR On PointFebruary 26th, 2014Mixing DNA from three people to produce one healthy baby. We’ll look at the controversial world of mitochondrial manipulation therapies to avoid inherited disease.
Genetically Modified Babiesby Marcy DarnovskyThe New York TimesFebruary 23rd, 2014An advisory committee of the Food and Drug Administration is set to consider radical biological procedures that, if successful, would produce genetically modified human beings. This is a dangerous step.
FDA Asked to Approve Creation of Genetically Modified Childrenby Stuart A. NewmanHuffington PostFebruary 20th, 2014The creation of "three-parent babies" has been touted as a relatively trivial tweaking of the reproductive process to enable women with compromised eggs to become genetic mothers of unaffected children. These claims of high impact health benefits from a low-risk procedure cannot be squared with scientific reality.
Letter Signed by Hundreds Sent to the FDA: Preserve the global consensus against human germline modificationby Jessica CussinsBiopolitical TimesFebruary 19th, 2014A sign-on letter prepared by the Center for Genetics and Society and the International Center for Technology Assessment has been sent to the FDA in anticipation of next week's discussion of a form of human germline modification.
IVF Baby Boom: Births From Fertility Procedures Hit New Highby Michaeleen DoucleffNPRFebruary 18th, 2014In 2012, more than 61,000 babies were conceived with the help of IVF, the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology reported Monday.
What are the Best Interests of the Child in International Surrogacy?by Professor Eric Blyth, Dr Marilyn Crawshaw and Professor Olga van den AkkerBioNewsFebruary 17th, 2014As the surrogacy industry grows, so too do calls for a loosening of international and domestic restraints. A consequence of this is the potential marginalization of the best interests of children.
Bodies and Babies Commodified: A Review of Breedersby Gina Maranto, Biopolitical Times guest contributorBiopolitical TimesFebruary 17th, 2014Breeders serves as a necessary corrective to the rosy PR the surrogacy industry puts out.
Questions Relating to 'Mitochondrial Replacement'by Calum MacKellarBioNewsFebruary 10th, 2014The term 'mitochondrial replacement' misrepresents reality while making it difficult for the general public to make an informed decision about the procedures and the grave ethical difficulties they raise for both individuals and the whole of society.
Let’s Keep the Door to Biotechnological Eugenics Closed by Enola AirdMomsRisingFebruary 10th, 2014The Food and Drug Administration will hold a public meeting this month to discuss oocyte modification and "three-parent babies." Here are three reasons to forego this kind of experimentation.
The Great Indian Egg Bazaarby Pritha Chatterjee and Mayura JanwalkarThe Indian ExpressFebruary 9th, 2014The death in Delhi has brought the spotlight back on the fast rising but largely unregulated egg donation industry in India, riding on lucrative money and word of mouth.
Egg Donor’s Death: Internal Bleeding, Ovaries Severely Enlarged, Says Reportby Pritha ChatterjeeThe Indian ExpressFebruary 9th, 2014An initial post-mortem report has now been released for 23-year-old Yuma Sherpa, who died after an egg donation procedure at an IVF clinic in Lajpat Nagar on January 29.
Opinion: Women Don't Need Any More Big Liesby Tanya SelvaratnamCNNFebruary 8th, 2014In The Big Lie: Motherhood, Feminism, and the Reality of the Biological Clock, I explore many Big Lies. One is that women can delay motherhood until we're ready and rely on science to make it happen for us.
First Transgenic Monkeys Born Via “Precision Gene Editing”by Jessica CussinsBiopolitical TimesFebruary 6th, 2014Chinese scientists announced the birth of the first primates created with a precision gene modification technique, raising both hopes about new insights into human diseases and concerns about new attempts at human inheritable genetic engineering.
Worlds, and Wombs, Collide in Kansas Bill Criminalizing Surrogate Pregnancy Contractsby Patricia J. WilliamsThe NationFebruary 5th, 2014There is danger in turning surrogacy into a sexless crime.
Sign-on Letter to the FDA about Mitochondrial TransferAdd your name to the call for the FDA not to allow a biologically radical procedure that would combine genetic material from three people and result in inheritable genetic modification.
Review: The Big Lie: Motherhood, Feminism, and the Reality of the Biological Clock by Amy Richards, Biopolitical Times guest contributorFebruary 4th, 2014A generational wake-up call directed to those raised to think that medical breakthroughs are always in humanity’s best interest.
On Race, Medicine, and Reproduction: An Interview with Dorothy Robertsby Sophia SeawellBluestockings MagazineFebruary 4th, 2014The idea that social inequality has innate causes is a powerful way of trying to justify an unjust power arrangement.
The Baby-Making Business: on the front lines of Toronto’s booming, semi-legal surrogacy marketby Alison MotlukToronto LifeFebruary 3rd, 2014Toronto’s surrogacy industry is booming and lucrative and at least partly illegal. Prospective parents, desperate to start a family, are willing to take the risk.
Ireland Publishes Draft Surrogacy Legislationby Antony Blackburn-StarzaBioNewsFebruary 3rd, 2014The Irish Government has agreed to put forward for consultation proposals for a wide-ranging bill that features provisions on surrogacy and parenthood.
Ethics Questions Arise as Genetic Testing of Embryos Increasesby Gina KolataThe New York TimesFebruary 3rd, 2014The procedure raises unsettling ethical questions that trouble advocates for the disabled and have left some doctors struggling with what they should tell their patients.
Poll Shows We Want Those DNA Breakthroughs But Worry Scientists May Be 'Playing God'by Emily SwansonHuffington PostFebruary 2nd, 2014Seventy-two percent said they would disapprove of efforts to create children with unusually high intelligence or other advantageous traits.
First Monkeys with Customized Mutations Bornby Helen ShenNatureJanuary 30th, 2014Researchers in China report the first monkeys engineered with targeted mutations using the CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing system.
Should we Cut Back on IVF?by Lara SalahiThe Boston GlobeJanuary 29th, 2014Yes, say a group of European researchers who came to the conclusion by reviewing studies on women who underwent the procedure and on the health of children born using the technology.
The Era Of Genetically-Altered Humans Could Begin This Yearby David DiSalvoForbesJanuary 26th, 2014By the middle of 2014, the prospect of altering DNA to produce a genetically-modified human could move from science fiction to science reality.
Court: Marotta is a father, not merely a sperm donorby Steve FryTopeka Capital-JournalJanuary 23rd, 2014A Kansas court has ordered a sperm donor to pay child support because a doctor was not involved in the insemination process.
Building the Better Babyby Craig KlugmanBioethics.netJanuary 21st, 2014BGI, the Chinese company, is hoping that it will soon be able to offer parents an option like that in GATTACA — choosing the “smartest” embryo.
CGS Letter to the FDA on Mitochondrial TransferThe Center for Genetics and Society's letter regarding the FDA's February 25-26 public meeting to discuss the advisability of a technique that would modify the human germline.
Google, Tell Me. Is My Son a Genius?by Seth Stephens-DavidowitzNew York TimesJanuary 18th, 2014Google searches suggest that American parents are far more likely to want their boys smart and their girls skinny. Among those looking for information on sex selection, there is about a 10 percent preference for boys.
DNA Dreamingby Jessica CussinsBiopolitical TimesJanuary 13th, 2014A new documentary looks at the Chinese company that styles itself "the world’s largest genomics organization,” and its hunt for the genetic basis of intelligence.
IVF babies have greater risk of complications, study findsby Ian SampleThe Guardian [UK]January 8th, 2014Single children born after IVF are found to be nearly twice as likely to be born early, to be stillborn or to die within 28 days of birth.
Chinese Scientists, “Genius Genes,” and the Future of Genomicsby Jessica CussinsBiopolitical TimesJanuary 7th, 2014The New Yorker delves into the “biological data mill” that is BGI: the world’s largest, and arguably most controversial, genomics headquarters.
Should Persons Affected by Mitochondrial Disorders Not be Brought Into Existence?by Professor Calum MacKellarBioNewsJanuary 6th, 2014What is being proposed is not a form of therapy in which a person is being treated or cured for a disorder. Instead, it is making sure that certain persons are not brought into existence.
The Truth About Egg Donationby Jen DziuraThe GlossJanuary 3rd, 2014A former egg donor reflects on her experiences: the drugs, risks, money, and feelings.
FDA Meeting on Mitochondrial Replacement Rescheduledby Jessica CussinsBiopolitical TimesJanuary 3rd, 2014The FDA public meeting to discuss “oocyte modification in assisted reproduction” that was postponed due to the government shutdown in October has now been rescheduled for February 25-26.
How Many Donor Offspring are Really Out There?by Wendy KramerMediumDecember 23rd, 2013The media and the reproductive industry’s "experts" should not be using patently erroneous figures. There is no reliable method of assessing how many children are conceived via gamete donation each year.
The (Unknown) Costs of Private-for-Profit IVFby Alana CattapanImpact EthicsDecember 21st, 2013How much IVF should cost is controversial. What is not controversial is that profits in the range of $14 million and a $1.7 million dollar annual salary are too much.
Past Sperm and Egg Donors Split on Losing Anonymityby Shereen JegtvigReutersDecember 20th, 2013A recent study in Australia found that donors were split on the idea of possible contact from their donor children.
Biopolitical News of the Year 2013by Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesDecember 19th, 2013For better and worse, 2013 has been a year in which several related issues familiar to those who follow human biotechnology moved into the wider sphere of public discussion.
Non-Invasive Method Devised to Sequence DNA of Human Eggsby Erika Check HaydenNatureDecember 19th, 2013Scientists have begun a clinical trial to test whether a new DNA-sequencing technique for human egg cells can improve in vitro fertilization success rates.
New Ways to Engineer the Germlineby Jessica CussinsBiopolitical TimesDecember 18th, 2013A look at a number of emerging techniques that could compromise the international consensus against human inheritable genetic modification.
‘Generation Cryo’: How A New Generation Is Redefining Familyby Marisa PeñalozaWBURDecember 17th, 2013Thousands of children are conceived using sperm and egg donors every year, a group large enough to entice MTV to air “Generation Cryo.”
Too Much Informationby Amanda SchafferMIT Technology ReviewDecember 17th, 2013Advances in non-invasive prenatal screening could collide with the politics of abortion and raise the ugly specter of eugenics. Are there limits to how much data parents should have—or want to have—about their children before birth?
Three Biological Parents and a Babyby Karen WeintraubThe New York TimesDecember 16th, 2013“This crosses a line drawn by many scientists and bioethicists at altering the genetic profile of unborn children,” an F.D.A. panel wrote.
The Case for a New Biopoliticsby Marcy DarnovskyYouTubeDecember 11th, 2013A talk at UC Berkeley Extension for Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvouz (LASERs), a national program of evening gatherings that bring artists and scientists together for informal presentations and conversation with an audience.
IVF Success 'Downhill From Age 37' Finds Aberdeen StudyBBCDecember 6th, 2013Researchers found that a woman's age affects the outcome of every single step of IVF.
Fertility Drugs, Not IVF, Are Top Cause Of Multiple Birthsby Nancy ShuteNPRDecember 4th, 2013The number of high-order multiple births due to in vitro fertilization is down. Fertility drugs are now the main culprit.
How Much Would You Pay to Have a Baby?by Amy KleinThe New York TimesDecember 3rd, 2013When you start I.V.F., everyone tells you to have a plan: How much time and money are you willing to spend on the process?
The Unregulated Sperm Industryby Rene AlmelingThe New York TimesNovember 30th, 2013The new movie “Delivery Man” stars a former sperm donor who finds out that he has more than 500 children. Is this a Hollywood exaggeration or a possible outcome? Truth is, no one knows.
Are Three Parents One Too Many?[Quotes CGS]by Stephen L. CarterBloombergNovember 27th, 2013The U.K. may soon approve a regulatory proposal that would allow scientists to create a human embryo using the DNA of three individuals. What’s striking is how the many opponents span the political spectrum.
What Huxley Knewby J. P. HarpigniesLetter to the New York TimesNovember 24th, 2013Huxley’s assembly-line baby factories were an exaggeration, but it’s a mistake to dismiss too quickly his fears about the genetic manipulation of the species.
Adrienne Asch, Bioethicist and Pioneer in Disability Studies, Dies at 67by Margalit FoxThe New York TimesNovember 23rd, 2013Adrienne Asch, an internationally known bioethicist who opposed the use of prenatal testing and abortion to select children free of disabilities, died on Nov. 19 at her home in Manhattan.
Parents Audition Actresses — For Their Eggsby Uptin SaiidiNew York PostNovember 23rd, 2013Egg “agents” are aggressively recruiting city models and actresses, whose looks are coveted by couples turning to in-vitro fertilization.
‘Delivery Man’: 9 Sperm-Donation Questions You’re Too Embarrassed to Ask by Eliana DocktermanTimeNovember 22nd, 2013With a new movie, MTV series, and book, sperm donation stories are pervading pop culture right now. Experts answer 9 questions about what's really going on.
Only Two Genes Maketh the Man... or Mouseby Bob HolmesNew ScientistNovember 21st, 2013The defining genetic feature of maleness, the Y chromosome, contains only two genes that are absolutely essential for male function – at least in mice.
Remembering Adrienne Aschby Marcy DarnovskyBiopolitical TimesNovember 21st, 2013We mourn the death and deeply appreciate the life of Adrienne Asch, bioethicist, scholar, and disability rights activist.
Company Patenting Tech for Designing Babies[With CGS's Marcy Darnovsky]by John FowlerKTVUNovember 20th, 2013Biotechnology may give parents unprecedented choices. Fertility clinics already use pre-implantation genetic diagnosis to select traits for some in-vitro babies, but intentional manipulation might create ethical nightmares.
The Mixed Legacy of the UK’s Departing Fertility Regulatorby Jessica CussinsBiopolitical TimesNovember 20th, 2013The departing chair of the UK agency that regulates fertility treatments is criticizing aspects of the fertility industry, but still champions a form of inheritable human genetic modification.
Top 5 Reasons I am Opposed to Cloning Woolly Mammothsby Paul KnoepflerKnoepfler Lab Stem Cell BlogNovember 18th, 2013I have to admit seeing a woolly mammoth, mastodon, or saber tooth tiger would be cool, but such efforts would not be without consequences and most of them would be profoundly negative.
The IVF Data Warsby Miriam Zoll, Biopolitical Times guest contributorNovember 15th, 2013The American Society for Reproductive Medicine recently asserted that 60 percent of women who go through IVF end up with a baby, but this is a misleading figure for a number of reasons.
International Surrogacy Laws are not Keeping upby Kingsley Napley, Claire Wood and Katie NewburyLexologyNovember 14th, 2013There is currently no worldwide regulation of surrogacy. Unfortunately, therefore, the potential for exploitation is high.
Desperate Couples are Misled by Only Positive Reports of IVF by Connie St LouisThe ConversationNovember 14th, 2013There’s a paucity of stories about couples that have been through the IVF treadmill and still remain childless. When will the HFEA see fit to urgently investigate the business of IVF?
Limits Lifted on Number of Twins and Triplets Born Through IVFby Charlie CooperThe IndependentNovember 13th, 2013The UK's IVF regulator announced that clinics will no longer have to ensure that multiple births account for only 10 per cent of their successful cases.
Designing Childrenby Jonathan WebberGenomics Law ReportNovember 12th, 2013Some degree of mastery over the genetic future of the human species seems to be a possibility. For whom and for what does this technology exist?
An Inconvenient Truth: ICSI is Not Necessary for the Majority of IVF Patientsby Dr Steven FlemingBioNewsNovember 11th, 2013Some IVF practitioners advocate that all couples should be treated with ICSI, but concerns over its long-term safety have been raised.
You Can't Predict Destiny by Designing Your Baby's Genomeby Megan Allyse and Marsha MichieThe Wall Street JournalNovember 8th, 2013New genetic and reproductive techniques will only reveal that human life is too multifaceted to be reduced to a mathematical formula.
Future Past: Disability, Eugenics, & Brave New Worldsby Jessica CussinsBiopolitical TimesNovember 7th, 2013A public symposium held on November 1 at San Francisco State University provided a rare and important opportunity to engage with the historical and ongoing implications of eugenic ideologies and practices for people with disabilities.
Generation I.V.F.by Miriam ZollLilithNovember 7th, 2013Making a Baby in the Lab: 10 Things I Wish Someone Had Told Me.
IVF Doesn't Raise Overall Risk For Childhood Cancersby Michaeleen DoucleffNPRNovember 6th, 2013Children who were conceived with in vitro fertilization have the same overall chance of developing childhood cancers as those conceived naturally.
Single-Cell Genomics Could Improve IVF Screeningby Susan YoungMIT Technology ReviewNovember 5th, 2013Fertility doctors in Beijing have begun testing a new method for genome analysis of human eggs before using them for in vitro fertilization.
A Conception Conundrum[Quotes CGS's Diane Tober]by Jennifer BleyerPsychology TodayNovember 4th, 2013Many donor-conceived children voice "genetic bewilderment" about their origins. Can the trend towards open-identity donation address these existential concerns?
Designer Babies: Fact or Fiction?[Quotes CGS's Marcy Darnovsky]by Franki WebbIPPro Life SciencesOctober 31st, 2013To what extent is 23andMe’s “designer babies” patent scientifically and morally dubious? IPPro speaks to experts about the controversial subject.
No More Tourist Visa for Commissioning Surrogacy in India: Home MinistryIBN LiveOctober 30th, 2013Foreign nationals intending to visit India for commissioning surrogacy will not be allowed to come on a tourist visa, with the Home Ministry ordering strict adherence of surrogacy laws.
Are We Too Close to Making Gattaca a Reality?by Ferris JabrScientific AmericanOctober 28th, 2013An era of market-based eugenics would exterminate any lingering notions of meritocracy. But that could never happen this side of the silver screen, right?
The Science And Ethics Of Personal Genetic Testing[With CGS's Marcy Darnovsky]by Diane RehmThe Diane Rehm ShowOctober 28th, 2013Direct-to-consumer gene tests now cost just a few hundred dollars. A panel of experts discusses the science and ethics of personal genetic testing.
GPs Told They Must Warn Patients Against Having Sex-Selective Abortions by Daniel MartinThe Daily MailOctober 24th, 2013The UK's Chief Medical Officer will write to all family doctors to make it plain that abortions carried out solely on the grounds of the sex of the child are wrong.
A Former IVF Baby on "Three-Parent IVF"by Jessica CussinsHuffington PostOctober 24th, 2013Mitochondrial replacement raises one of the thorniest questions humanity will ever face: are we willing to genetically modify future generations of humans?
“Donor” Egg Pregnancies: More of Them, New Warning of Risksby Marcy DarnovskyBiopolitical TimesOctober 24th, 2013An editorial in a top medical journal warns that data on complications of egg retrieval for “donors” is missing, and prevents truly informed choices.
ASRM Meeting: What to Knowby Jessica CussinsBiopolitical TimesOctober 24th, 2013The annual meeting of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, the fertility industry organization, typically generates headlines. Here are some of this year’s top stories.
FDA Meeting on Germline Mitochondrial Replacement Postponedby Jessica CussinsBiopolitical TimesOctober 22nd, 2013The FDA public meeting to discuss a form of human inheritable genetic modification has been postponed because of the aftermath of the government shutdown; now there is more time to spread the word and get involved.
New Tests, Same Old Bias and Misinformationby Rachel AdamsThe Huffington PostOctober 21st, 2013October is National Down Syndrome Awareness Month, so the timing of a lazy and poorly researched New York Times piece on prenatal screening was particularly unfortunate.
Health Chiefs Plan to Ban Adverts for Overseas Baby Sex-Selection Tripsby Christy ChoiSouth China Morning PostOctober 20th, 2013Health chiefs are set to slap an advertising ban on Hong Kong businesses that offer medical tourism packages for the growing number of couples who want to choose the sex of their babies.
Access to Sperm Donor Data by Children Backedby Kirsty NeedhamThe Sydney Morning HeraldOctober 20th, 2013Alarmed by evidence that fertility clinics have deliberately destroyed the records of children conceived before anonymous sperm donation was made illegal, an inquiry calls for it be made an offence.
Five-Minute IVF is Better and Cheaper, Say Experts Scientists by Laura DonnellyThe TelegraphOctober 17th, 2013"Mini-IVF" uses far lower doses of ovary-stimulating drugs, takes less than five minutes, is half the cost of conventional methods, and has demonstrated dramatically higher success rates.
Reproductive Rights and Responsibilities[Quotes CGS's Marcy Darnovsky]by Mirah RibenDissident VoiceOctober 17th, 2013Medical science and reproductive technologies are imploring us to consider if our genetic material is ours – solely – once it has been shared through natural reproduction or in a laboratory resulting in another life.
The Rise of Gender Selection among Middle Eastern Couplesby Rachel WilliamsonMiddle East MonitorOctober 17th, 2013Couples throughout the Middle East are turning to pre-implantation genetic diagnosis to choose male embryos.
'Where Did I Come From?' Donor Eggs, Sperm and a Surrogateby Anndee HochmanThe InquirerOctober 17th, 2013Child psychologists have long advised telling kids "early and often" about their origins, especially when those origins involve donor eggs or sperm.
More Young Women Serving as Egg Donors, Report Saysby Melissa DahlTodayOctober 17th, 2013More young women than ever are donating their eggs to help other people become parents, according to a new report in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Regulators Weigh Benefits of ‘Three-Parent’ Fertilization[Quotes CGS's Marcy Darnovsky]by Erika Check HaydenNatureOctober 15th, 2013Scientists and other critics say mitochondrial replacement carries safety and ethical concerns.
The Clone Named Dollyby Nicholas WadeThe New York TimesOctober 14th, 2013This week’s Retro Report video tells the story of Dolly the sheep. The Scottish scientists who created her recall the painstaking process of trying to get the experiment to work.
Company Seeks to Make Sperm Banks Saferby Carolyn Y. JohnsonThe Boston GlobeOctober 14th, 2013A new company will test a woman’s DNA and the genes of potential sperm donors to produce a personalized list that strikes out donors who may be a bad match for about 600 genetic childhood diseases.
Roy Morgan Poll Shows Most Aussies Oppose Sex Selection for Babies by Kieran Campbellnews.com.auOctober 10th, 2013The first comprehensive poll of Australian attitudes towards sex selection shows only one in five people support it.
Proposed Treatment To Fix Genetic Diseases Raises Ethical Issues[With CGS's Marcy Darnovsky]by Rob SteinNPROctober 9th, 2013The FDA will consider whether to allow scientists to take a controversial step: make changes in some of the genetic material in a woman's egg that would be passed down through generations.
Canadian LGBTQ Families and Assisted Reproduction by Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesOctober 9th, 2013A major series of news articles describes "the emerging world of gay parenthood and surrogacy" in Canada — and abroad.
The Arlene Bynon Show[With CGS's Marcy Darnovsky]by Arlene BynonThe Arlene Bynon ShowOctober 7th, 2013Marcy Darnovsky discusses 23andMe's recent "designer baby" patent with on a national affairs program broadcast on SiriusXM.
Court dismisses lawsuit over Arizona's "race- and sex-selective" abortion banby Katie McDonoughSalonOctober 4th, 2013A judge dismissed a challenge to a law that reproductive rights advocates say forces doctors to profile patients.
Three parent babies 'incompatible with human dignity'by Nick CollinsThe Telegraph [UK]October 4th, 2013A group of 34 European politicians has signed a declaration attacking plans that would make the UK the first country in the world to permit the technique.
The Eugenics Legacy of the Nobelist Who Fathered IVFby Osagie K. ObasagieScientific AmericanOctober 4th, 2013A pioneer of the technology that led to the first "test-tube baby" was also an active member of Britain’s Eugenics Society.
23andMe's Designer Baby Patentby Dov FoxHuffington PostOctober 4th, 2013Even if 23andMe doesn't bring its donor selection technique to market, a patent award sends the message that this is an invention whose development should be protected and promoted.
Girls Not Allowedby Vanessa BairdNew InternationalistOctober 4th, 2013Honest regulation of sex selection, however tricky to enforce, is necessary because individual acts are having extremely harmful collective consequences.
23andMe Says It's Not (Now) in the Designer Baby Businessby Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesOctober 4th, 2013The direct-to-consumer genetic testing company was awarded a patent for "gamete donor selection based on genetic calculations," but now says it has no intention of using the technology.
23andMe's 'Build-a-Baby' Patent Criticised[Quotes CGS's Marcy Darnovsky]BBC NewsOctober 3rd, 2013A US patent for a database that uses DNA testing to tell prospective parents which traits their future offspring may inherit has been criticised by experts.
23andMe's Designer Baby Patent is 'a Serious Mistake,' Critics Charge [Quotes CGS's Marcy Darnovsky]by Karen KaplanLos Angeles TimesOctober 3rd, 2013What’s even more repulsive than the idea of using DNA tests to help people create a designer babies? Getting a patent for the idea.
Center for Genetics and Society Calls on 23andMe to Disavow “Designer Babies”: Controversial New Patent Raises Critical Questions [Press statement]October 2nd, 201323andMe's new patent is an irresponsible step that amounts to shopping for designer donors in an effort to produce designer babies.
[VIDEO] Debating Embryonic Genetic Testing[With CGS Advisory Board member Francine Coeytaux]The DoctorsOctober 1st, 2013New genetic tests, including Next Generation Sequencing, can radically improve the odds of a healthy, full term pregnancy … but where do we draw the line? Hear more from The Doctors.
Sun, sand and surrogatesby Natalie StechysonCalgary HeraldSeptember 30th, 2013International surrogacy is fraught with ethical and medical dilemmas, including the possibility that the women who bear children for others are being exploited.
Foreigners Are Flocking To India To Rent Wombs And Grow Surrogate Babies by Nita Bhalla and Mansi ThapliyalReutersSeptember 30th, 2013A debate over whether the unregulated surrogacy industry in India exploits poor women prompted a draft law that could make it tougher for foreigners seeking babies made in India.
Outsourcing a Life[Quotes CGS's Marcy Darnovsky]by Stephanie M. LeeSan Francisco ChronicleSeptember 30th, 2013The Akanksha Infertility Clinic in Anand, India allowed a San Francisco Chronicle reporter and photographer full access to its facilities, except for the delivery room.
Scientists Warn Against “Three-Parent IVF” Experimentby Jessica CussinsBiopolitical TimesSeptember 25th, 2013Three evolutionary biologists enumerate a number of scientific studies and methodological shortcomings that have been overlooked in the debate on mitochondrial replacement. Their study has elicited numerous defensive responses, despite bringing important details to bear.
On Designer Babiesby Sheldon KrimskyTufts Medicine, Summer 2013It is unimaginable that any humane society would permit a human trial of genetic modification where the potential risks so outweigh the social benefits.
At the End of the Slippery Slope: Margaret Atwood’s MaddAddam Trilogyby George Estreich, Biopolitical Times guest contributorSeptember 24th, 2013Atwood says her trilogy "invents nothing we haven’t already invented or started to invent" — suggesting that though her work is fiction and not a tract, she also intends to do far more than entertain.
Wealthy Chinese Seek U.S. Surrogates for Second Child, Green Cardby Alexandra HarneyReutersSeptember 23rd, 2013Wealthy Chinese are hiring American women to serve as surrogates for their children, creating a small but growing business in "designer" American babies for China's elite.
Recent Surrogacy Disputes in Focusby Louisa GhevaertBioNewsSeptember 16th, 2013Surrogacy law and policy differs considerably between countries. Some jurisdictions ban or restrict the practice of surrogacy, whilst others have no legal regulation and some permit it on a commercial basis.
Ethical Minefield of Parents in Controlby Neil McMahonThe Sydney Morning HeraldSeptember 14th, 2013Designer babies - their gender, personality traits and skin color chosen by genetic testing - are a looming reality. But are we ready to confront this minefield of ethics?
Designer Babies[With CGS's Marcy Darnovsky]by Stephanie RobinsonBlog Talk RadioSeptember 12th, 2013This week's Roundtable with Stephanie Robinson takes on science, the field of genetics, and the current dilemma regarding its ethics and limitations.
Selling the Fantasy of Fertilityby Miriam Zoll and Pamela TsigdinosThe New York TimesSeptember 11th, 2013A trade show will showcase the latest inventions in the world of reproductive medicine with the suggestion that all your answers can be found within the event hall. But science fails far more often than is generally believed.
Australian Team Creates IVF History With Ovarian Tissue Transplant by Amy CorderoyThe AgeSeptember 2nd, 2013In a world first, an infertile Australian woman is pregnant after growing new eggs in ovarian tissue transplanted into her abdomen. Doctors see the potential to revolutionize fertility treatment.
Popular Fertility Treatments Still a Vast Experimentby Michele Goodwin and Judy NorsigianWeNewsSeptember 1st, 2013Americans are increasingly swarming to the doorsteps of fertility clinics, but many don't realize that evidence-based medicine has yet to establish a reasonable foothold.
Test-Tube Babies: A Simpler, Cheaper Technique?by Maria ChengAssociated PressAugust 22nd, 2013Since the first test-tube baby was born more than three decades ago, in vitro fertilization has evolved into a highly sophisticated lab procedure. Now, scientists are going back to basics and testing a simpler and cheaper method.
Stem Cells: Egg Engineersby David CyranoskiNatureAugust 21st, 2013In a technical tour de force, Japanese researchers created eggs and sperm in the laboratory. Now, scientists have to determine how to use those cells safely — and ethically.
Should Sperm Donors Have Parental Rights?by Judy CampbellKQEDAugust 19th, 2013A bill prompted by a custody dispute involving actor Jason Patric would allow certain sperm donors to seek paternity rights. Opponents say it could undercut the rights of same-sex couples and single mothers.
California Bill Would Redefine Sperm Donor Rightsby Carla MarinucciSan Francisco ChronicleAugust 13th, 2013The legislature is preparing to battle over a bill that could redefine the family unit and the parental rights of sperm donors, a move that has split GLBT advocates and has some women's rights groups up in arms.
Edge of the Map: An Experiment in Science and in Theaterby Alice WexlerUCLA Center for the Study of WomenAugust 6th, 2013A group of Harvard students created a theater piece called Edge of the Map, a collage based on real-life and invented scenarios involving ethical and social dilemmas in genetics.
Big Business in Babies: First IVF Company Now Being Traded on the Stock Marketby Judy Norsigian and Miriam Zoll, Biopolitical Times guest contributorsAugust 6th, 2013Would corporate earnings shrink if more women were made aware of high IVF failure rates? Does the future of the fertility industry depend on expanding into new markets in the Middle East and Asia?
The Sorry State of Indian Surrogatesby Gina Maranto, Biopolitical Times guest contributorAugust 6th, 2013A new report reveals disturbing conditions for those who labor in India’s booming commercial surrogacy industry.
Egg Donors Create Support Group for Women and Push for More Safety Databy Raquel CoolOur Bodies Our BlogJuly 30th, 2013A former egg donor, and co-founder of the group We Are Egg Donors, explains why she no longer has it in her to participate in an industry that has resisted researching donor health for decades.
Assisted Reproductive Technologies: Blessing? Curse? Both?[Quotes CGS's Diane Tober]by Eleanor J BaderTruthoutJuly 28th, 2013ART has helped millions of women have children. At the same time, moral concerns and medical questions abound.
In India, a Rise in Surrogate Births for Westby Rama LakshmiThe Washington PostJuly 26th, 2013A government-funded study finds that some unscrupulous agents are luring poor, uneducated women into signing surrogacy contracts that they do not fully understand.
Is Eugenics Ever Okay?by Nathaniel ComfortGenotopiaJuly 26th, 2013Recognizing that we are grasping the reins of human evolution as fast as we can raises two sets of concerns. First, “What if it doesn’t work?” Second, "What if it does?"
Jacksonville Lawsuit Exposes the Hazards of the Unregulated International Egg Donor Tradeby Anne SchindlerFirst Coast NewsJuly 23rd, 2013A young Florida woman experienced Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome, suffered a stroke, and is still healing more than two years after the egg retrieval procedure.
Made With Loveby Jessica CussinsBiopolitical TimesJuly 22nd, 2013The first baby has been born following “next generation genetic sequencing” of IVF embryos. What are the implications?
In Search of Fair Babies, Indians Chase Caucasian Donors for IVFby Shobita DharThe Times of IndiaJuly 21st, 2013Mayuri Singhal married into a fair-skinned family. When she couldn't conceive, she walked into an IVF clinic with her demand: a 'white' baby.
Nest Eggby Teresa ChinHyphen MagazineJuly 19th, 2013Asian women command a high price for their eggs, but is it worth the risk? A look at several different personal accounts.
Unregulated Surrogacy Industry Worth Over $2bn Thrives Without Legal Frameworkby Himanshi DhawanThe Times of IndiaJuly 18th, 2013A new study by the Centre for Social Research found that there is little protection for surrogates.
The Ethics of Three-Genetic-Parent Embryos[Quotes CGS's Marcy Darnovsky]by Margaret SomervilleOttawa CitizenJuly 17th, 2013The human germline must be held on trust as the common heritage of humankind, no matter how much good we believe we could do by altering it.
California "Pay-for-Eggs" Bill on the Governor’s Deskby Diane ToberBiopolitical TimesJuly 11th, 2013Urge Governor Brown block expanding the market in women's eggs. Here's how and why.
Designer Babies are on the Horizon but Aren't Here Yet by EditorialNew ScientistJuly 10th, 2013IVF is inexorably opening the door to a future where parents can choose desirable traits in their children.
'Designer Babies': The Ultimate Privileged Elite?by Heather LongGuardianJuly 9th, 2013A US baby born via IVF and genetically screened could open the door to wealthy parents selecting for ideal traits in their kids.
Eight Misconceptions about “Three-Parent Babies”by Jessica CussinsBiopolitical TimesJuly 9th, 2013Amid the talk about “mitochondria replacement” or “three-parent babies," here are the top misconceptions proliferating about the efficacy, safety, public support, and societal implications.
A Slippery Slope to Human Germline Modificationby Marcy DarnovskyNatureJuly 9th, 2013The United Kingdom’s decision to trial the technique of mitochondrial replacement is premature and ill-conceived.
First Baby Born After Full Genetic Screening of Embryos by Linda GeddesNew ScientistJuly 8th, 2013"There is the potential for getting an unprecedented amount of information about an embryo before it's transferred to the womb. We need to be very careful that this isn't used for trivial, non-medical reasons."
Reported IVF Success Rates can be Misleading: Studyby Genevra PittmanReutersJuly 4th, 2013US fertility centers are mandated to report the number of cycles they perform, but a new study suggests those data may give some practices misleadingly high success rates.
Egg Donation is Made to Look Easy, but Questions and Health Risks Remainby Ryann SummersOur Bodies Our BlogJuly 3rd, 2013When she was casually solicited for her eggs by a friend, the author realized she needed to know more about the procedure and its implications.
Push for Social Egg Freezing: By whom? For whom?by Gina Maranto, Biopolitical Times guest contributorJuly 3rd, 2013The latest campaign in the IVF world - social egg freezing - has been sold as an equalizing reproductive option for women, but whose agenda is it really serving?
Three Person IVFby Paula BoddingtonPractical EthicsJune 29th, 2013Unfortunately, this debate, like so many others in announcements of developing science and technology related to health in general and genetics in particular, is marred by hype and by urgency.
Three Parents? Sorry, But This is Science Gone Madby Melanie McDonaghTelegraphJune 29th, 2013We are ignoring the ethical implications of genetic interference in human babies.
Three Parent Baby[With CGS's Marcy Darnovsky]KPIX HealthWatchJune 27th, 2013Mitochondrial replacement would create "three parent babies," and could be attempted in humans soon, but carries risks to the child and broad societal consequences.
Public Interest Group Urges UK Government Not to Break International Consensus Against Inheritable Genetic Modification[Press statement]June 27th, 2013That the UK may move toward permitting mitochondrial replacement is particularly disturbing when the safety is very much in doubt, when its usefulness is dubious, and when the claim of public support is highly misleading at best.
Lieber Adoptierenby Marcy DarnovskyThe EuropeanJune 26th, 2013Die Keimbahntherapie weckt falsche Hoffnungen. Den Nutzen, den sie für eine winzige Minderheit bedeuten könnte, wiege das hohe Risiko keineswegs auf.
'More Rights, More Inclusion, Better Country': Argentina Approves IVF for All[Quotes CGS's Marcy Darnovsky]by Alex SternThe Huffington PostJune 20th, 2013In vitro fertilization is now available to heterosexual couples, single women, and gay couples in Argentina.
Testimony by Jennifer Schneider, MD to the California Senate Health Committee re AB 926June 12, 2013by Jennifer Schneider, MD
Testimony by Diane Tober, PhD to the California Senate Health Committee re AB 926June 12, 2013by Diane Tober
Testimony by Sindy Wei, MD to the California Senate Health Committee re AB 926June 12, 2013by Sindy Wei, MD
Single Embryo Transfer Recommended in Most IVF Proceduresby Rachel WaldenOur Bodies Our BlogJune 13th, 2013In a joint practice committee statement, the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology and the American Society for Reproductive Medicine conclude that single embryo transfer is an increasingly better choice.
Time for the US to Ban Human Reproductive Cloningby Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesJune 12th, 2013A major fertility clinic reacted to the recent research cloning paper by speculating that human reproductive cloning may be on the way — demonstrating the need for the United States to join the dozens of countries that already prohibit it.
Israeli Sex Offender Taps India's Booming Surrogacy Trade For Baby Girlby Jason OverdorfGlobal PostJune 10th, 2013A convicted Israeli pedophile has gained custody of a girl born to an Indian surrogate, triggering assurances of a re-look at surrogacy rules in New Delhi and Jerusalem.
Infertility Due to Old Eggs? An Anti-Aging Pioneer Ponders Solutionsby Melissa HealyLos Angeles TimesJune 5th, 2013Scientists draw on advances across many fields to propose a way to rejuvenate aging human eggs using a woman's own ovarian stem cells.
Motherhood Deferred: Freezing Your Eggs[With CGS's Diane Tober]by Judy CampbellKQED ForumMay 31st, 2013What are the benefits and risks of freezing eggs? A discussion with CGS's Associate Executive Director, a journalist, and a reproductive endocrinologist.
The Facts: A Bill to Permit Researchers to Pay for Eggs is Bad for Women, Bad for Californiaby Alliance for Humane Biotechnology, Center for Genetics and Society, Our Bodies Ourselves, and Pro-Choice Alliance for Responsible ResearchMay 30th, 2013Given that many young women providing eggs for reproductive purposes have experienced serious complications, it would seem prudent to collect adequate safety data before expanding the market to include eggs for research.
Supreme Court Won't Hear Case of B.C. Woman Seeking Info About Sperm-Donor Dad by The Canadian PressThe Vancouver SunMay 30th, 2013The Supreme Court of Canada will not hear an appeal from a woman who argued that offspring should have access to information about their biological past.
Leading Scientist Attacks University Over 'Outrageous' IVF Treatment Patentby Robin McKieThe GuardianMay 25th, 2013The patent, which covers the duration of the first three cell cycles in a human embryo, encroaches on a naturally occurring phenomenon.
Don’t Freeze Your Eggs Quite Yetby Miriam ZollSlateMay 24th, 2013There is no research to support the notion that women who are older than thirty will have any success with freezing their eggs.
Pregnant at 60Where there's a uterus, there's a way? by Miriam ZollThe AtlanticMay 22nd, 2013A look behind the headlines reveals a 35-year landscape of assisted reproductive technologies that continue to fail far more often than is reported, particularly in older women.
Time-Lapse Embryo Imaging Boosts IVF Success, Clinic Claimsby Emma StoyeBioNewsMay 20th, 2013Researchers at a private fertility clinic say a new technique could increase IVF success rates. Others are more cautious.
Woman who Fell Pregnant After Undergoing World's First Successful Womb Transplant has Lost her IVF Baby by Tara BradyDaily MailMay 15th, 2013A woman who was the first to have a successful womb transplant from a dead donor has had her pregnancy terminated after the embryo showed no heartbeat.
A Note of Caution: Freezing Eggs Is Not a Silver Bullet for Age-Related Infertilityby Miriam ZollRH Reality CheckMay 15th, 2013A $4 billion industry is driving public discourse about often unproven discoveries through a lens that focuses attention on the minority of successes rather than the whole messy, complicated story.
There's More to Life Than Freezing Your Eggs[Quotes CGS's Diane Tober]by Jacoba UristThe AtlanticMay 14th, 2013Suddenly, it seems, everyone is singing the praises of egg freezing as the latest cure for a woman's declining fertility, but it isn't quite the panacea the media would have you believe.
Modesto Woman Gets 5 Years in Prison for Surrogacy Scamby Carlos SaucedoABC LocalMay 13th, 2013The owner of a Modesto surrogate agency accused of a $2 million fraud scheme has been sentenced in federal court.
Talking Biopolitics is Back!by Jessica CussinsBiopolitical TimesMay 13th, 2013A series of live web-based conversations with cutting-edge thinkers on the social meaning of human biotechnologies will be kicking off next week. RSVP now to join the conversations!
Crisis-Burdened Spain and Cyprus are Hot Spots for Women to Sell Their Eggsby Lauren Alix BrownQuartzMay 10th, 2013Due to permissive laws and cash-strapped young women, Cyprus and Spain have become booming centers of egg donation and in vitro fertilization.
The Big Freezeby Gina Maranto, Biopolitical Times guest contributorBiopolitical TimesMay 9th, 2013The Wall Street Journal devoted almost two full pages to a piece championing social egg freezing, and gave it a headline that is pure sales.
Baby Sex-Selection Tours Increasingly Popular with Australian Couples Using IVF by Natasha BitaNews.com.auMay 5th, 2013Some couples are taking overseas ''sex tours'' to choose their baby's gender using IVF in foreign fertility clinics.
Nation’s First Egg Bank Deluged With Donorsby Mizuho AokiThe Japan TimesMay 2nd, 2013Japan's first egg bank does not pay women for their eggs and requires that donors attend multiple consultations prior to giving consent to ensure they understand the health risks and other issues they may face.
Made-to-Order Embryos: You Want to Sell What?!by Jessica CussinsBiopolitical TimesMay 2nd, 2013The fact that a fertility clinic can own and sell made-to-order embryos for profit raises novel concerns that should not be collapsed into predefined frameworks used to assess other assisted reproductive technologies.
California Lawmakers Consider Paying Women to Provide Eggs for Researchby Diane ToberBiopolitical TimesMay 2nd, 2013A new bill claims to be motivated by concerns for women’s equity and for advancing responsible medical research, but in fact undermines both.
Cracked Open: New Book Looks at Fertility and Reproductive Technologyby RachelOur Bodies Our BlogApril 30th, 2013Just out: A new book by award-winning writer and international public health and reproductive rights advocate Miriam Zoll, Cracked Open: Liberty, Fertility and the Pursuit of High Tech Babies.
“World's First GM Babies Born”: 12-Year-Old Article Continues to Cause Confusionby Jessica CussinsBiopolitical TimesApril 25th, 2013An undated Daily Mail article that is actually over a decade old continues to spread misinformation about human genetic modification.
The Baby Blueprint [VIDEO][With CGS's Marcy Darnovsky]Al Jazeera EnglishApril 22nd, 2013Would you choose your child's genetic potential? Live debate with Marcy Darnovsky, Stuart Newman, Julian Savulescu, and Nita Farahany.
Nuffield Report: Parents Should Decide Whether or Not to 'Tell'by Wybo DondorpBioNewsApril 22nd, 2013A new report from the Nuffield Council on Bioethics says it's usually, but not always, better for parents to tell a child that he or she was donor conceived.
That “Pernicious” Notion of the “Best Interests of the Child”by Michael CookBioEdgeApril 20th, 2013A Harvard Law School bioethicist argues that “the best interests of the child” is not a concept which is applicable to assisted reproductive technology.
Surrogacy: Joyful, Frightening, Always Riskyby Suzanne RicoThe AtlanticApril 17th, 2013The story of two families who had babies via surrogate, with very different experiences.
Egg Freezing: WTF?*[Op-Ed]by Lynn M. Morgan and Janelle S. TaylorThe Feminist WireApril 14th, 2013Egg freezing is invasive, dangerous, unregulated, and insanely expensive. Worse, it isn’t a social solution, so it cannot address the social causes that make it so difficult to balance career and family.
IVF And The Legacy Of Its Inventors[Quotes CGS's Marcy Darnovsky]by John FarrellForbesApril 12th, 201335 years after Robert G. Edwards co-developed in-vitro fertilization, the assisted reproduction industry in the US remains controversial.
Lord Robert Winston Warning Over Child ‘Eugenics’ by Lyndsay BucklandScotsmanApril 11th, 2013A leading fertility expert warns that reproductive technologies could enable a form of eugenics with serious implications for the individuals involved and society in general.
Made-to-Order Embryos for Sale — A Brave New World?by I. Glenn Cohen and Eli Y. AdashiThe New England Journal of MedicineApril 10th, 2013The proliferation of sperm and egg banks has opened the door to a made-to-order embryo industry in which embryos are generated with a commercial transaction in mind.
Baby Boom: Indian Women Giving Birth to U.S. Babiesby Holly WilliamsCBS NewsApril 10th, 2013A lot of businesses go to India for inexpensive labor and it turns out American couples are doing the same. One village has become a center for cut-rate surrogacy, offering young women who will be carrying babies to term.
Surrogacy flourishes despite crackdownby Zhang WenGlobal TimesApril 7th, 2013Beijing officials shut down an illegal - and lucrative - surrogacy agency in Beijing last month, but the practice continues.
Three-Parent Children in UK Possible After HFEA Report[Quotes the Center for Genetics and Society]by Michael CookBioEdgeApril 6th, 2013The UK fertility regulator's report to the government misrepresented its own findings about public opinion.
Sofia Vergara Freezing Her [Perfect, Perfect, Perfect] Eggsby Diane ToberBiopolitical TimesApril 4th, 2013Several celebrities have announced they’re doing it. But social egg freezing is nothing to be taken lightly.
Should researchers pay for women's eggs?[Op-Ed]by Ruha BenjaminSan Francisco ChronicleApril 4th, 2013Could compensation induce women of modest means to undergo the risks of egg extraction?
Powder women's eggs for home storage by Andy CoghlanNew ScientistApril 4th, 2013In future, women may be able to store their eggs at home as a powder. To revive them for an attempt at a baby, all they would need to do is empty the sachet, add water, fertilise with sperm and implant the embryo.
Tough Calls on Prenatal Tests by Christopher WeaverWall Street JournalApril 3rd, 2013New prenatal gene tests are reshaping care for expectant mothers, but their rapid rollout has raised fears that poorly understood results could lead to confusion among patients and doctors.
Come and get it: how sperm became one of America's hottest exportsby Brooke JarvisThe VergeApril 2nd, 2013An in-depth report on sperm donation focuses on the Seattle Sperm Bank, aka European Sperm Bank USA, and one of its donors.
Shifts in the Global Body Market: Access or Exploitation?by Jessica CussinsBiopolitical TimesApril 1st, 2013PlanetHospital claims that new surrogacy regulations in India have ruined a “golden opportunity” and paints Mexico and Thailand as the surrogacy frontiers – where it happens to have business arrangements.
New Technology Can Make It So 1 Baby Has 3 Parents[Quotes CGS's Marcy Darnovsky]CBS New YorkMarch 29th, 2013“People have characterized this as sliding down a slippery slope. This one actually throws us off a cliff."
Are Parents Entitled To Create A Dream Child? [VIDEO][With CGS's Marcy Darnovsky]HuffPost LiveMarch 29th, 2013What if science allowed prospective parents to create smarter and healthier babies? This idea is just as exciting as it is alarming, but is it realistic? Should it be?
Cloning, De-extinction, and Possibly Human Applicationsby Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesMarch 29th, 2013Synthetic biologist and entrepreneur George Church and cloning expert Robert Lanza are starting a company to change animal reproduction — and maybe human, too, but they wouldn't say that even if it were true.
UK May Be Close To Approving Nuclear Transfer Technique for IVF[Quotes CGS's Marcy Darnovsky]by John FarrellForbesMarch 28th, 2013The conception of children who share the genes of three parents could be one step closer to reality.
‘I Thought I Just Had to Sleep it Off’: Egg Donor Sues Toronto Fertility Doctor After Suffering Strokeby Alison MotlukNational PostMarch 28th, 2013A young woman who suffered a stroke after donating her eggs is suing a Toronto fertility doctor and a U.S. egg donor agency for alleged negligence.
GM Crops Evil, GM Children OK?by Chris BennettWestern Farm PressMarch 27th, 2013China is surging ahead with a research project aimed at identifying millions of genetic variations in order to boost intelligence.
Sperm Donor with Genetic Illness Speaks Outby PSThe Copenhagen PostMarch 25th, 2013A former sperm donor may have passed on a heritable and treatable cancer-causing illness, but health authorities have decided not to search for the five to ten children who may be affected.
Surrogacy's Painful Path to Parenthoodby Julia MedewThe AgeMarch 23rd, 2013Reports of abortions, questionable medical bills and baby mix-ups are increasingly emerging from overseas destinations where commercial surrogacy is legal.
The Ultimate Easter Egg Hunt: ‘Ivy League Couple’ Seeks Donor With ‘Highest Scores’by Melinda HennebergerThe Washington PostMarch 21st, 2013Advertisements seeking "perfect" egg donors and promising hefty sums of cash proliferate on college campuses; the medical risks are much harder to unearth.
Broad Public Support for "3-Parent Babies" and Crossing the Human Germline? Not What the Data Sayby Jessica Cussins & Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesMarch 21st, 2013The UK regulatory agency’s summary of its public consultation on mitochondria replacement highlights "broad public support" for a procedure that would cross a crucial ethical and policy line. But that support is not actually demonstrated in its data.
HealthWatch: Britain Considers Allowing Babies From 3 Parents [Video][With CGS's Marcy Darnovsky]by Kim MulvihillCBS San FranciscoMarch 20th, 2013Britain's fertility regulator says it has found broad public support for in vitro fertilization techniques that allow babies to be created with DNA from three people for couples at risk of passing on potentially fatal genetic diseases.
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