Surrogacy and HFEA Update (November 2017) – Family Law Week

‘Andrew Powell, barrister of 4 Paper Buildings, considers recent developments relating to surrogacy law as well as the latest cases concerning administrative errors and the HFEA.’

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Family Law Week, 7th November 2017

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Three Person IVF to begin in UK – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted March 22nd, 2017 in assisted reproduction, DNA, embryology, news by sally

‘A clinic in Newcastle upon Tyne has been granted the UK’s first licence to carry out a trial of “three person IVF” (Mitochondrial Replacement Therapy, or MRT). The fertility technique is intended to be used by couples who want to prevent genetic diseases being passed on to their children, due to faulty mitochondrial DNA. The process uses genetic material from the mother, father and a female donor, and replaces faulty genetic material in the mother’s DNA with the female donor’s genetic material.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 20th March 2017

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Is it time for embryo research rules to be changed? – BBC News

Posted January 18th, 2017 in embryology, experiments, news, time limits by sally

‘Experts are renewing calls to allow experiments on embryos beyond 14 days of development, saying it would drive medical breakthroughs.’

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BBC News, 17th January 2017

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Babies made from three people approved in UK – BBC News

Posted December 19th, 2016 in assisted reproduction, DNA, embryology, news by sally

‘Babies made from two women and one man have been approved by the UK’s fertility regulator.’

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BBC News, 15th December 2016

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‘It is time to make’ three-person babies – BBC News

Posted December 1st, 2016 in assisted reproduction, DNA, embryology, news by sally

‘It is time to start making babies from three people, according to scientists advising the UK’s fertility regulator.’

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BBC News, 30th November 2016

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British woman, 60, who wants to use dead daughter’s eggs to give birth to her own grandchild in world first wins legal appeal – Daily Telegraph

Posted June 30th, 2016 in appeals, assisted reproduction, embryology, grandparents, news, surrogacy by tracey

‘A woman who wants to use her dead daughter’s frozen eggs to give birth to her own grandchild has won a Court of Appeal battle.’

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Daily Telegraph, 30th June 2016

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Widow to take fight to save frozen embryos to court – The Guardian

Posted June 22nd, 2016 in bereavement, consent, embryology, families, news, pregnancy by sally

‘The widow of a Falklands war combat medic will go to the high court on Wednesday in an effort to prevent the couple’s frozen embryos from being destroyed.’

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The Guardian, 21st June 2016

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Donating embryos for medical research–a human rights minefield – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

Posted September 25th, 2015 in consent, EC law, embryology, human rights, Italy, jurisdiction, news, privacy, proportionality by sally

‘The case of Parrilo v Italy [2015] ECHR 755, decided by the Grand Chamber of the ECt.HR (16-1), that Italian legislation banning the donation of embryos obtained by IVF for scientific research was within Italy’s margin of appreciation and thus was not in breach of the applicant’s (Ms Parillo) right to private life and autonomy under Article 8 of the ECHR.’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 24th September 2015

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Call for open discussion of gene-editing in treatment of human embryos – Technology Law Update

Posted September 3rd, 2015 in DNA, embryology, health, news by sally

The rapid development of the powerful new CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing technology raises as many questions as it answers. Now a group of leading research organisations has thrown open the discussion to public debate. Is it now time, they ask, to the use these techniques to treat patients by altering the genes of reproductive cells and embryos to tackle genetic disease?
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Technology Law Update, 2nd September 2015

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Non-genetic parentage under the HFEA 2008 – Tanfield Chambers

Posted March 20th, 2015 in assisted reproduction, embryology, news, parental rights by sally

‘Where a child is conceived with donor sperm, parentage is normally determined under the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008. S.33 provides that the woman who bears the child will be the mother, regardless of whether the egg was hers or came from a donor. If she is married or in a civil partnership, her spouse or civil partner will be the other parent, unless it is shown that the spouse or civil partner did not consent to the treatment – s.35 and s.42. Otherwise, ss.36 and 37 provide that a man (who will normally be the mother’s partner) will be the child’s father if:

(i) the treatment is provided by a clinic in the UK under a licence from the HFE Authority; and

(ii) both parties give written notice to the clinic consenting to such parentage.’

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Tanfield Chambers, 20th February 2015

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Three-parent babies: Britain becomes first country to allow technique after House of Lords approves new regulations – The Independent

Posted February 25th, 2015 in DNA, embryology, health, legislation, news, pregnancy by sally

‘The UK has become the first country in the world to legalise so-called three-parent babies after the House of Lords backed the idea despite objections from church leaders and pro-life groups.’

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The Independent, 24th February 2015

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Mitochondrial Donation – Family Law Week

Posted February 18th, 2015 in assisted reproduction, embryology, families, news by sally

‘Professor Nils Hoppe and Katy Rensten, both of Coram Chambers, look at the House of Commons debate and the proposed regulations concerning mitochondrial donation and argue for a serious and measured consideration of this important development.’

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Family Law Week, 17th February 2015

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New three-parent baby law ‘is flawed and open to challenge’, says senior lawyer – The Independent

Posted January 15th, 2015 in assisted reproduction, embryology, news, regulations by sally

‘The Government’s attempt to legalise so-called “three parent” babies is open to challenge by judicial review because of serious flaws in the proposed legislation, a senior lawyer has warned.’

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The Independent, 14th January 2015

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The spanner of “human dignity” in the wheels of modern medicine – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted April 23rd, 2013 in EC law, embryology, news, patents by sally

“The EU bans the patenting of human embryos for commercial purposes. This ban is implemented in national law via the 1977 Patents Act. But what precisely is a ‘human embryo’ for the purposes of the Biotech Directive? Or, put another way, must the process involving embryonic stem cells be capable of developing into a human being, before the ban can bite?”

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UK Human Rights Blog, 22nd April 2013

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Couple who used Indian surrogates can bring children up as their own rules judge – Daily Telegraph

Posted December 7th, 2011 in embryology, news, parental rights, surrogacy by sally

“An English couple who paid Indian women to have their babies can keep them and bring them up as their own ruled one of Britain’s top judges, Sir Nicholas Wall ruled today (6 December).”

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Daily Telegraph, 6th December 2011

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Brüstle v Greenpeace eV – WLR Daily

Posted October 31st, 2011 in embryology, human tissue, law reports, patents by sally

Brüstle v Greenpeace eV (Case C-34/10); [2011] WLR (D) 305

“Any human ovum after fertilisation, any non-fertilised human ovum into which the cell nucleus from a mature human cell had been transplanted, and any non-fertilised human ovum whose division and further development had been stimulated by parthenogenesis constituted a ‘human embryo’ within the meaning of article 6(2)(c) of Parliament and Council Directive 98/44/EC of 6 July 1998 on the legal protection of biotechnological inventions (OJ 1998 L 213, p 13) and could not therefore be patented.”

WLR Daily, 18th October 2011

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Stem cell reseach thrown into disarray by European patent ruling – Daily Telegraph

Posted October 20th, 2011 in EC law, embryology, medical treatment, news, patents by tracey

“Cutting-edge research into new medical treatments in Britain was thrown into disarray on Tuesday as the highest European court ruled that stem cells from human embryos cannot be patented.”

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Daily Telegraph, 18th October 2011

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Stem cell treatments threatened by European patents ruling – The Guardian

Posted April 28th, 2011 in EC law, embryology, medical ethics, medical treatment, news, patents by sally

“Work on revolutionary medical treatments for incurable diseases is in danger of being wiped out by a European court ruling on embryonic stem cells, according to leading scientists.”

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The Guardian, 27th April 2011

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Human embryos ‘at risk of losing legal protection’ in research – The Guardian

Posted January 6th, 2011 in embryology, news by sally

“The human embryo may be in danger of losing the special status that guards it against use in anything other than important and necessary research, under proposals due out next week.”

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The Guardian, 5th January 2011

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Illegal fertility company owners given suspended prison sentence – The Guardian

Posted October 13th, 2010 in assisted reproduction, embryology, licensing, news, sentencing by sally

“Two men who netted £250,000 after providing women with access to sperm through an illegal fertility company were spared an immediate jail term today.”

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The Guardian, 12th October 2010

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