Tag Archives: IVF

Some brief Christian reflections to mark the birth of 5 million children by IVF

Over 5 million children have been born through IVF. The figure comes from a study, the first of its kind, into IVF statistics from countries around the world. According to Bioedge, Researchers scoured government archives for information about how many women had used the procedure since […]


3.8 million human embryos created to produce 122,000 live births – success rate of 3.2%

3.8 million human embryos created to produce 122,000 live births – success rate of 3.2% The Daily Telegraph this weekend reports on a new expert study which has raised fears that some clinics may be offering techniques that put the embryo at risk for their […]


Infertility treatments: new research and new warnings

A new study has found that a common form of infertility treatment increases the risk of children developing autism and mental disabilities in later life. Intra-cytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) involves injecting one sperm directly through the shell of an egg and depositing it inside.  It […]

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Three-parent embryos for mitochondrial disease? Twelve reasons for caution

The media is buzzing today with the news that Britain is planning to become the first country in the world to offer controversial ‘three-parent’ fertility treatments to families who want to avoid passing on mitochondrial diseases to their children (See Guardian, Times(£), Independent, Daily Mail and Telegraph). The Department of Health […]


Time lapse imaging of embryos – exciting breakthrough or just eugenics by another name?

Various media outlets (including The Times (£), The Telegraph, BBC, The Independent and The Guardian) have published articles reporting on how fertility specialists from Nottingham have developed a radical technique that will ‘dramatically improve’ the chances of IVF couples having a baby. The original research appears in Reproductive BioMedicine Online. About one in […]