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There's an awful lot of money being made through infertility...
Not everyone conceives easily. In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) is huge business worldwide, but what kind of future has it in Ireland?
Conservative senator Jim Walsh resigns from Fianna Fáil parliamentary party
He does not agree with certain aspects of new family law.
Elton John calls for Dolce and Gabbana boycott over IVF comments
One of the designers called IVF children ‘”synthetic”.
I was called a child abuser for conceiving through IVF - and it hasn't ended there
Dil Wickremasinghe outlines the attacks she has suffered on social media relating to her pregnancy – and the social stigma they illustrate.
Poll: Would you welcome three-person baby IVF in Ireland?
The UK has given its approval.
Treatment suspended for hundreds of IVF couples over new laws
The new Child and Family Relationship Bill could cause issues for those using anonymous donors of egg and sperm.
Three-person babies could be born as early as next year
UK politicians have approved an IVF method that uses DNA from three donors.
British politicians vote to allow three-person babies
Opponents of the IVF technique fear this will be the first step on the road to ‘designer’ children.
Cork is getting a brand new €3 million fertility clinic
Ireland has the highest infertility rate in Europe.
The Rotunda's fertility clinic has been sold off to an Australian company
The deal was worth a total of €6 million and the hospital wants to use its share towards new facilities.
Opinion: Legislation is urgently needed following Supreme Court ruling on surrogacy
It is a fact of life that parents will enter into arrangements of whereby a third party bears their child – so we need legislation that deals directly with surrogacy.
Two couples fighting for custody of IVF twins after embryo implanted into the wrong mother
A judge will now decide who are the legal parents.
Irish patients are looking overseas for cheaper IVF treatment
Enquires to the Czech Republic have increased dramatically.
Group says HSE should pay for chemo patients to have eggs frozen
Those on lower incomes are selling life insurance policies and taking out considerable loans to cover costs.
Baby born after mother's ovaries are 'reawakened'
The new technique can be used on infertile women and those who have gone through early menopause.
Eggs, earthquakes and Euromillions: The week in numbers
Plus – how much of your internet connection should you actually be paying for?
Poll: Do you agree with IVF treatment that uses genes from three parents?
The UK has given it a green light. What do you think of the scientific breakthrough?
UK government clears plans to allow 'babies with three parents'
The Department of Health has signed off on an IVF technique which will see defective genetic material replaced by others.
Test-tube baby pioneer Robert Edwards dies
Robert Edwards pioneered in vitro fertilisation and was awarded the nobel prize in 2010, three decades after the birth of the first test-tube baby, Louise Brown, in 1978.
Woman becomes world's first to give birth after heart transplant
The creation of extra blood, and the drugs needed to stop a transplant being rejected, usually make it impossible.
Column: Infertility is not a choice – but treatment for it should be
Ireland’s public health system offers no treatment for infertility – so if you haven’t got money you can forget it, writes Fiona McPhillips.
Frozen - over fresh - embryos may improve IVF success
Senior clinical embryologist at Beacon Court in Dublin welcomes the new research stating embryo freezing and waiting for a better conditioned womb linings may be the way forward.
First 'test tube' baby mother dies
Lesley Brown made medical history on July 25th, 1978.
'Babies with three parents' may only be three years away
Newcastle University announces funding for an embryo research programme, aimed at curing inherited diseases with a third parent.
Who’s the daddy? Oh I am – 70 times over
What would you say if your fiancé told you he had 70 or so biological children in the world? Watch this man break the news on new reality show.
Column: ‘Deep down, I am still angry at the unfairness of it all’
Helen Browne describes her experience of infertility, and asks for people to be more sensitive to this painful condition.
Demand for public IVF treatment doubled in recession
Dublin’s only assisted birth centre that offers free treatment to medical card holders saw clients double since 2007.
Babies born through IVF may have twice the risk of cerebral palsy
New research shows that the treatment itself may double the risk.
Who's the Daddy? He is...
The “father of the test-tube baby” has taken the 2010 Nobel Prize for medicine, while the Ig Nobels celebrate slightly more obscure scientific, er, achievements.