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King's College London - Health: More than a medical matter


Issue 141 (21 January 2002)

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Legal battles on cloning aren't what really count
21 January 2002 - by Juliet Tizzard
The UK Department of Health is no doubt currently breathing a sigh of relief. Having won its appeal against last year's decision that UK legislation does not cover cloned human embryos, the government can now rest assured (assuming the case goes no further) that it does have regulatory control over... [Read More]

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Cloned embryos are covered by UK law
21 January 2002 - by BioNews
The UK Court of Appeal has overturned a High Court ruling that the Human Fertilisation and Embryology (HFE) Act does not regulate cloned embryos. Last year, the ProLife Alliance successfully argued that the Act did not apply, meaning that cloning - both therapeutic and reproductive - was unregulated in the UK. Following... [Read More]

Park life
21 January 2002 - by BioNews
Alan Milburn, the UK's Secretary of State for Health, has announced plans for the first national Genetic Knowledge Parks for Britain. The intention is for the network of parks to put Britain at the leading edge of advances in genetic technology which could transform treatments and services for NHS patients... [Read More]

Two mums?
21 January 2002 - by BioNews
Scientists at the Reproductive Genetics Institute in Chicago, US, say that they have developed a technique that could be used to allow two women to have a child together, without the need for sperm. The technique involves manipulating cells taken from a woman and turning them into 'artificial sperm' which... [Read More]

Two panels consider cloning
21 January 2002 - by BioNews
A panel of the US National Academy of Sciences, set up by Congress to advise the US government, has reported its findings on human cloning. The report recommended that human reproductive cloning should be banned because of a potentially high risk of injury, disease or death to the clones and... [Read More]

Spider silk grown in the lab
21 January 2002 - by BioNews
A Canadian biotechnology company has developed a method of creating artificial spider silk by genetically modifying mammalian cells. Spider silk is incredibly strong and therefore has many potential applications in industry, science and medicine. But, unlike silkworms, spiders cannot be farmed. The silk, known as 'dragline', is the strongest that... [Read More]



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