Blog Posts (8)
February 20, 2014
[The Guardian] Deniz Safak was five years old when he first displayed symptoms of the disease that would later take his life. “He started being sick and had intense, stroke-like seizures,” his mother, Ruth, recalled.
Doctors were baffled b...
February 18, 2014
1.5% of babies born in the US in 2012 were conceived via IVF, according to data just released by the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technologies. Transfers of multiple embryos were down compared to previous years, but the average number of embryos t...
April 20, 2012
Art Caplan reflects on study published in Fertility and Sterility which indicated that IVF babies have a 37% higher risk of being born with a birth defect compared to naturally conceived children.…
February 1, 2012
Scientists, reproductive specialists and andrologists had better prepare. If Newt Gingrich has his way (and wins the Presidency), he will have a whole new world in store for science and medicine.…
November 18, 2010
This week in the Huffington Post, Robert Klitzman discusses the thorny issue of when parents who conceive using assisted reproductive technologies should tell their children about their origins.…
July 20, 2009
Headlines last week about a Spanish mother who at age 69 died leaving behind two, two-year-old twins sparked controversy about the wisdom of providing IVF treatment to women of advanced maternal age.…
March 12, 2009
That’s right, Fertility Institutes in Los Angeles, who announced last month that they would be offering PGD for eye and hair color and other cosmetic traits, has now announced via their website that they are backing off of their plans, says Fox News.…
April 30, 2012 1:10 pm
The negative side of IVF birth defects may finally be getting some publicity. IVF clinics are aware that there is a higher incidence of birth defects among children conceived through IVF. However, consumer awareness is low. But last week’s news that birth defects are 37% higher is dramatic. “That is a huge number,” writes Art Caplan, of New York University. He is probably the most quoted bioethicist in the US, and possibly the world, so attitudes could change.
April 16, 2012 3:13 pm
A leading fertility expert in the USA has warned of young women’s serious misconceptions about their own fertility. Writing in the journal Fertility and Sterility, Professor Pasquale Patrizio, from Yale School of Medicine and director of the Yale Fertility Centre, says that clinicians should ‘begin educating women more aggressively’ – but goes further. He argues that young women who choose to delay motherhood for whatever reason should be offered the opportunity to have their eggs frozen as an act of preventive medicine.
April 13, 2012 11:27 am
Another controversial utilitarian proposal has popped up in the April issue of the American Journal of Bioethics. Two bioethicists contend that some parents are morally obligated to use pre-implantation genetic diagnosis to create a healthy baby.
April 13, 2012 11:24 am
More than three decades after Britain produced the world’s first test-tube baby, Europe is a patchwork of restrictions for people who need help having a child. Many countries have strict rules on who is allowed to get fertility treatments. And recent court rulings suggest nothing’s likely to change anytime soon.
March 5, 2012 6:11 pm
British researchers have developed an embryo-incubating system that they say improves odds of conception by 27%. But larger fertility clinics in the U.S. are already ahead of the game. #bioethics #IVF #infertility