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

Source: www.ukhumanrightsblog.co.uk

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

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

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

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

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

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

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

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

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

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

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

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Two men convicted over illegal sperm donor firm – The Independent

Posted September 20th, 2010 in assisted reproduction, embryology, licensing, news by sally

“Two men are facing jail after they were convicted yesterday of running an illegal fertility company that gave women access to sperm donors. Nigel Woodforth, 43, ran the operation from the basement of his home in Reading, Berkshire, with 49-year-old Ricky Gage. A jury at Southwark Crown Court, in south London, convicted both men of three counts each of providing sperm without a licence or third-party agreement.”

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The Independent, 18th September 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Pair made £250,000 from illegal sperm donor service, court told – The Guardian

Posted September 14th, 2010 in assisted reproduction, embryology, licensing, news by sally

“Two businessmen earned £250,000 through an illegal fertility company providing women with access to sperm donors, a court heard today. In the first case of its kind, a jury was told that Nigel Woodforth, 43, ran the firm from the basement of his home in Reading, Berkshire, with 49-year-old Ricky Gage.”

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The Guardian, 13th September 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Fertility blunder risk due to slow regulator: review – Daily Telegraph

Posted December 7th, 2009 in assisted reproduction, embryology, news by sally

“Couples undergoing fertility treatment are being left at risk of embryo mix-ups and blunders because the industry regulator fails to take action early enough, a review has found.”

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Daily Telegraph, 7th December 2009

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Children born from donated sperm or eggs can trace genetic siblings, under new laws – Daily Telegraph

Posted October 1st, 2009 in assisted reproduction, embryology, news by sally

“Children conceived by egg or sperm donation will have the chance to find their biological siblings once they turn 18 under new laws which coming into effect, authorities said.”

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Daily Telegraph, 1st October 2009

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Couple win battle to save frozen embryos from destruction – The Times

Posted September 10th, 2009 in assisted reproduction, embryology, human tissue, news by sally

“A couple spoke of their joy and renewed desire to have children last night after ministers allowed them to keep frozen embryos that otherwise would have been destroyed.”

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The Times, 10th September 2009

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Mother fights to save frozen embryos – Daily Telegraph

Posted July 6th, 2009 in assisted reproduction, embryology, news by sally

“A mother faces losing 11 frozen embryos under a new law which rules they must be destroyed after five years.”

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Daily Telegraph, 5th July 2009

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Christian groups lose legal challenge over human and animal embryos – The Times

Posted February 23rd, 2009 in embryology, news by sally

“Medical research using embryos that contain both human and animal material was cleared to continue yesterday, after the High Court threw out a legal challenge by religious campaigners.”

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The Times, 20th February 2009

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

‘Hybrid embryo’ legal block lost – BBC News

Posted December 10th, 2008 in embryology, news by sally

“Christian campaigners have lost their High Court challenge to scientists being allowed to create human-animal embryos for research purposes.”

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BBC News, 9th December 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008

Posted November 14th, 2008 in embryology, legislation by sally

Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008 published

Full text of Act (PDF)

Source: www.opsi.gov.uk

MPs back embryology shakeup but abortion row continues – The Guardian

Posted October 23rd, 2008 in abortion, embryology, news by sally

“The most significant shake-up of embryology laws for 20 years was last night approved by MPs, as the government faced down accusations of ‘shabby’ behaviour for thwarting the debate on abortion.”

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The Guardian, 23rd October 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Fertility reform held up by MPs, says watchdog – The Guardian

Posted October 14th, 2008 in abortion, embryology, news by sally

“Plans to overhaul Britain’s fertility laws have been held up by political squabbling over abortion rights, the head of the country’s fertility watchdog said yesterday.”

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The Guardian, 14th October 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Ruth Kelly wins fight to miss embryo Bill vote – The Times

Posted July 1st, 2008 in embryology, news, parliament by sally

“Gordon Brown has lost a of trial of strength with Ruth Kelly and is allowing her to miss a crucial vote to relax embryo research next week, The Times has learnt.”

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The Times, 1st July 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

MPs vote for hybrid embryos after Brown makes plea to permit ‘moral endeavour’ – The Guardian

Posted May 20th, 2008 in embryology, news by sally

“MPs pushed back the boundaries of science last night when they voted to allow the creation of hybrid embryos, which have a combination of human and animal DNA, as well as saviour siblings’ to save sick children.”

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The Guardian, 20th May 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk