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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

Newt Gingrich: Double the N.I.H. Budget

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine April 23, 2015

No one who lived through the 1990s would have suspected that one day people would look back on the period as a golden age of bipartisan cooperation. But in some important ways, it was. Amid the policy fights that followed the Republican victories of 1994, President Bill Clinton and the new majorities in Congress reached one particularly good deal: doubling the budget for the National Institutes of Health.

Preventing Deformed Limbs: Researchers Find New Link Between Physical Forces and Limb Development

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine April 23, 2015

University of Toronto engineers and a pediatric surgeon have joined forces to discover how physical forces like pressure and tension affect the development of limbs in embryos—research that could someday be used to help prevent birth defects.

Chinese Scientists Genetically Modify Human Embryos

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine April 23, 2015

In a world first, Chinese scientists have reported editing the genomes of human embryos. The results are published1 in the online journal Protein & Cell and confirm widespread rumours that such experiments had been conducted — rumours that sparked a high-profile debate last month2, 3 about the ethical implications of such work.

'Evil Twin' Embryo Removed From Woman's Brain

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine April 23, 2015

Doctors have discovered an embryonic twin complete with bone, hair and teeth in the brain of a woman having surgery for a suspected tumour.

Signs Ebola Spreads in Sex Prompt a CDC Warning

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine April 20, 2015

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revised its guidelines on Ebola transmission on Sunday night, urging survivors to abstain from all forms of sex or use condoms every time “until more information becomes available,” rather than three months as previously recommended.

Sperm Bank Sued After Donor Details Emerge 7 Years Later

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine April 20, 2015

He was good on paper: Eloquent, mature, healthy and smart to boot. That's why Angela Collins and Margaret Elizabeth Hanson say they chose Donor 9623 to be the biological father of their child.Then last June, almost seven years after Collins gave birth to a son conceived with his sperm, they got a batch of emails from the sperm bank that unexpectedly — and perhaps mistakenly — included the donor's name. That set them on a sleuthing mission that quickly revealed he is schizophrenic, dropped out of college and had been arrested for burglary, they said in a lawsuit filed March 31 in Atlanta.

Congress Passes SGR Repeal After Years of Short Term Fixes

ASRM Bulletins April 15, 2015

The problematic SGR formula that has threatened payment reductions for doctors for many years is at long last set to be repealed. Late last night, the Senate voted to pass HR 2, the Medicare Access and Chip Reauthorization Act.  The Senate bill is identical to the version that passed the House of Representatives in late March. The President is expected to sign the legislation into law.  The Senate vote occurred just hours before an automatic 21% cut in Medicare fees was scheduled to take effect.

Senate Repeals SGR Just Before the Deadline

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine April 15, 2015

With just hours to go before an automatic 21% cut in Medicare fees was scheduled to take effect, the Senate passed legislation to repeal the much-reviled sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula.

Reproductive Medical Group Joins in Call for Research, But No Clinical Use Yet, of Germ-line Gene Editing

ASRM Bulletins April 14, 2015

The American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) today announced it was endorsing the statement released from the International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR) calling for a moratorium on human clinical uses of Germ-Line Gene Editing until the safety and efficacy of the technique can be assessed.

Reproductive Medical Group Joins in Call for Research, But No Clinical Use Yet, of Germ-line Gene Editing

Press Releases April 14, 2015

The American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) today announced it was endorsing the statement released from the International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR) calling for a moratorium on human clinical uses of Germ-Line Gene Editing until the safety and efficacy of the technique can be assessed.

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