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Fertility Medicine

Remembering Robert Edwards, the pioneer of IVF

Professor Robert Edwards. Photo: Reuters

The sentiment that "the most important thing in life is having a child" is universal. This Sunday, the first family day after his death, we will attribute it to someone on record as having said it - scientist Robert Edwards, father of five. His Nobel Prize-winning research led to millions of families sharing the joy of parenthood otherwise denied to them by infertility or difficulty in conceiving naturally.

Sunday, 14 April, 2013, 2:15am

New techniques in IVF

Illustration: Angela Ho

Henry and Patsy had been trying for a baby for almost a decade without success; every month brought renewed disappointment.

13 Nov 2012 - 9:14am

Family planning

Miss Chan, who has a daughter, did not want to leave anything to chance when she decided to have another child a year ago. For a foolproof way to conceive a boy, she turned to a local consultancy which arranges for couples to undergo gender-specific artificial insemination in Thailand and US. After spending HK$180,000 and 10 days in Bangkok, the 26-year-old's wish came true six months ago.

3 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

IVF: in sickness and in wealth

More single women are choosing to harvest their eggs and have them frozen for future use by licensed in vitro fertilisation (IVF) clinics before they undergo medical treatment such as chemotherapy.

16 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Hope for couples battling infertility

A discovery by Hong Kong scientists may open up approaches to treating infertility and creating a new form of contraception.

Researchers at the University of Hong Kong have pinpointed a molecule that helps to bind the egg and sperm during fertilisation.

26 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Calls for more penalties after embryo mix-up

An embryo mix-up by a reproductive treatment centre has spurred calls for more penalties for clinics or hospitals in breach of the rules.

Victory A.R.T. Laboratory kept its licence after two embryos were transferred into the wrong woman, as the Council on Human Reproductive Technology accepted the error was human rather than systematic.

19 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Outrage online at mix-up of embryos

The transfer of two embryos by mistake into the wrong woman at a reproductive treatment centre is unforgivable, say clients of the centre.

Victory A.R.T. Laboratory escaped censure because it was a human error rather than a system failure, but women on an online forum sharing their experience of getting pregnant said their confidence in the centre was shattered.

18 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Paid surrogate birth unethical, church reiterates

The Catholic Church weighed in again yesterday on the case of Henderson Land Development vice-chairman Peter Lee Ka-kit, who reportedly used a commercial surrogate to deliver three triplet sons.

3 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

Mums see double as more twins born in city

More Hong Kong mothers are seeing double these days, with a big jump in the number of twins born.

Twin births have increased by more than 70 per cent since 1996, the latest figures from the Census and Statistics Department show.

And it's partly because mothers are giving birth to more test-tube babies.

20 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

Quotes of the Week

In a February 15, 2010, article, Mr Bowring nonetheless included these two men in a list of Asian political dynasties, which may have been understood by readers to infer that the younger Mr Lee did not achieve his position through merit. We wish to state clearly that this inference was not intended

27 Mar 2010 - 12:00am

Long-distance call

London-based Dr Xiao-Ping Zhai is famous for making babies with herbs and twigs.

'That's just a joke by some of the British media,' she laughs, 'I use herbs but not twigs. I don't know where they got that from.'

29 Nov 2009 - 12:00am

Test-tube boy a stand-out success

Luo Youqun is a young man with regular features, one of hundreds you might meet on any street in Hunan province on any given day. If you passed him, you might well think he was just another diligent-looking student in glasses and white lab coat.

But beneath his soft-spoken persona lies an extraordinary background.

7 Oct 2009 - 12:00am

Doctors link near-doubling in twin births to fertility treatment

More parents are experiencing the double trouble of twins in Hong Kong. Figures from the Census and Statistics Department and the Immigration Department show that the number of twins born in the city nearly doubled from the 962 pairs in 2002 to 1,857 in 2007.

10 May 2009 - 12:00am

Special deliveries

For 10 years Mei-ling had one dream - to have a baby of her own. What comes naturally for many women had virtually been a mission impossible for the 32-year-old, leading her to suffer from depression and threatening her marriage.

12 Jun 2008 - 12:00am

Caution urged for women on egg-freezing, despite advances

An expert in reproductive medicine has warned Hong Kong women not to rush into having their eggs frozen, despite improving technology.

William So Wai-ki said there was still insufficient information on the long-term health of babies born by that method, and there were women's health and ethical issues still to be resolved.

26 Mar 2008 - 12:00am