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Issue 298 (07 March 2005)

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Creating an ethical framework for stem cell research in Europe
07 March 2005 - by Louise Irving
The use of human stem cells, in particular, embryonic stem (ES) cells, creates many ethical, legal and regulatory issues. The countries of the European Union (EU) are divided as to the legitimacy of the research and the approach to take to regulate it. The Eurostem project, directed by John Harris... [Read More]

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Brazil legalises embryonic stem cell research
07 March 2005 - by BioNews
Brazil has approved a new 'Bio-safety' law that, amongst legislative provisions relating to genetically modified crops and other issues, allows human embryonic stem (ES) cell research. The new legislation was approved - reversing an earlier decision - by a large majority of the Brazilian Chamber of Deputies last week, with 352 votes... [Read More]
Scotland to launch embryo gene test service
07 March 2005 - by BioNews
Scottish couples at risk of having a child affected by a life-threatening inherited condition are set to benefit from a new preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) service. PGD involves testing IVF embryos, to ensure that only embryos unaffected by a particular genetic condition are returned to a woman's womb. Until now... [Read More]
Gene linked to late-onset Alzheimer disease
07 March 2005 - by BioNews
US researchers have identified a gene mutation linked to an increased risk of Alzheimer's disease. The team, based at the Massachusetts General Hospital, say that it is only the second gene ever to be linked to the late-onset form of the disorder. The results, published in the New England Journal... [Read More]
Gene clue to dyslexia
07 March 2005 - by BioNews
UK researchers have identified a gene linked to dyslexia, a disorder thought to affect around three to ten per cent of the population. The team, based at the University of Cardiff, studied 223 people with the disorder. Their results, published in the American Journal of Human Genetics, show that certain... [Read More]
Gene therapy trials under review following third cancer case
07 March 2005 - by BioNews
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recommended that gene therapy treatments for an inherited immune disorder are limited to those who have no alternative. The move follows news that a third child in a similar French trial has developed leukaemia. The trial for X-linked severe combined immunodeficiency disorder... [Read More]
US stem cell news
07 March 2005 - by BioNews
Four bills have been filed in the US state of Texas that would affect stem cell research. Two of the bills seek to endorse the research, although neither would provide state funding for embryonic stem (ES) cell research. The other two bills seek to restrict - although not ban - the practice... [Read More]
House of Lords deciding on 'saviour siblings'
07 March 2005 - by BioNews
The UK's House of Lords is being asked to decide whether a decision taken by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA), which allowed the Hashmi family to try to create a 'saviour sibling', was wrong. The highest court in the UK has today listened to the first day of... [Read More]
EU stem cell laws could inhibit research
07 March 2005 - by BioNews
European scientists who want to work on human embryonic stem (ES) cells may feel inhibited by laws in their own countries that ban such research, even if they are working elsewhere. The problems arising from the diverse range of regulations governing stem cell research in Europe were raised in a... [Read More]




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