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A column highlighting recent court decisions affecting the assisted reproductive technologies and the families they create, written by Susan L. Crockin, J.D.  

“Legally Speaking: A Column Highlighting Recent Court Decisions Affecting the ARTs and the Families They Create” returns to ASRM amidst extraordinary legal developments impacting the assisted reproductive technologies. The column will appear online monthly in ASRM News, with links to court decisions for those who wish to delve directly into the courts' opinions. There will be guest authors to add expertise and unique perspectives related to significant legal topics. “Legally Speaking®” will continue its commitment to not only report on new and noteworthy court cases but also analyze their potential impact and significance on the practice of ART.  --Susan Crockin, JD

Hair Dye that Could Harm Women's Fertility Banned

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine February 08, 2016

A hair dye that can harm a woman's fertility and endanger her unborn child has been banned in Britain.

ASRM Comments on Institute of Medicine’s Report on Mitochondrial Transfer Techniques

ASRM Bulletins February 03, 2016

Today, the Institute of Medicine’s (National Academy of Medicine’s) Committee on Ethical and Social Policy Considerations of Novel Techniques for Prevention of Maternal Transmission of Mitochondrial DNA Diseases released its report, "Mitochondrial Replacement Techniques: Ethical, Social, and Policy Considerations.”  The report, undertaken at the request of the FDA, is available as a free PDF at www.nas.edu/MitoDNAethics.

ASRM Comments on the Institute of Medicine’s Report on Mitochondrial Replacement Techniques

Press Releases February 03, 2016

“We applaud the Committee’s finding that mitochondrial transfer techniques may be ethically used for families at risk of having a child affected by mitochondrial disease. We agree with the Committee that the health and safety of the children born using these methods is of paramount concern and that initial clinical investigations should be limited to women at risk of transmitting serious mitochondrial disease to their children and that the children born from cycles using the procedure must be followed carefully.

Report: It's Ethical to Test Embryos From DNA of 3 People

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine February 03, 2016

Creating babies from the DNA of three people — a man and two women — one day might prevent mothers from passing on devastating genetic diseases, and advisers to the government now say it's ethical to test the procedure under certain conditions.

Inside One of The World's Largest Sperm Banks

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine February 03, 2016

Cryos International is located on the fifth floor of a small building in Aarhus, Denmark. It looks like any other office, but inside, it's among the world's largest sperm banks.

Kids Preserve Fertility While Fighting Cancer

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine February 02, 2016

Leukemia patient Katie Palermo, 16 of LaGrange, opted to have an ovary stored after her doctor mentioned the possible risk from treatment.

Fertility Issues for Cancer Patients Can Also Bring Legal Headaches

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine February 02, 2016

Reproductive technology has made it easier for cancer survivors to start families despite being infertile after treatment, but some patients may still find their future parenthood plans dashed by legal complications, says a group of U.S. doctors and lawyers.

UK Scientists Gain Licence to Edit Genes in Human Embryos

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine February 01, 2016

Scientists in London have been granted permission to edit the genomes of human embryos for research, UK fertility regulators announced today. The approval on 1 February by the UK’s Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) represents the world's first endorsement of such research by any national regulatory authority.

Nation’s Fertility Doctors Praise Pentagon’s Fertility Preservation Program

Press Releases January 29, 2016

The American Society for Reproductive Medicine and the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology offered praise today to Defense Secretary Ash Carter following his announcement that the Department of Defense would implement a two year pilot project to provide fertility preservation benefits to members of the Armed Services. The program will also examine ways to broaden the current, yet limited, policy providing reduced cost IVF benefits to active duty service members.

Nation’s Fertility Doctors Praise Pentagon’s Fertility Preservation Program

ASRM Bulletins January 29, 2016

The American Society for Reproductive Medicine and the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology offered praise today to Defense Secretary Ash Carter following his announcement that the Department of Defense would implement a two year pilot project to provide fertility preservation benefits to members of the Armed Services. The program will also examine ways to broaden the current, yet limited, policy providing reduced cost IVF benefits to active duty service members.

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