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


Issue 362 (12 June 2006)

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Testicular stem cells: more stem cell confusion
12 June 2006 - by Dr Peter Hollands
This week's BioNews report on possible therapeutic uses of testicular stem cells helps to highlight the level of confusion and lack of focus in stem cell biology today. Sources of stem cells such as embryos, testicles and ovaries are technically difficult to manipulate and have worrying, potentially malignant properties should... [Read More]

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Testicle stem cell hope
09 June 2006 - by Dr Jess Buxton
UK researchers have been given the go-ahead to investigate the potential of human testicle stem cells to develop into other types of body tissue The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) has licenced the team, based at the Hammersmith Hospital in London, to study the cells... [Read More]

RNA therapy trial success
09 June 2006 - by Dr Jess Buxton
The first clinical trial based on a promising new technology called RNA interference (RNAi) has shown that it could soon be used to treat an eye disorder. The trial was designed to test the safety of the technique for treating a disease called wet age-related macular... [Read More]

Harvard scientists to start cloned ES cell work
09 June 2006 - by Dr Jess Buxton
Researchers at Harvard University in the US have been granted permission to produce embryonic stem (ES) cells from cloned human embryos, two years after they first sought approval for the work. One research team, led by Doug Melton and Kevin Eggan, plans to ask women living... [Read More]

Sperm quality may decline as men age
10 June 2006 - by Heidi Nicholl
A new study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, has found that sperm quality may deteriorate as men age. The study, which involves a relatively small number of volunteer subjects, was conducted at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California. Ninety-seven healthy, non-smoking... [Read More]

More new research presented at US gene therapy meeting
10 June 2006 - by Heidi Nicholl
Research ranging from tackling muscle regeneration for injured athletes to a potential cure for haemophilia has been presented at the American Society of Gene Therapy meeting at Baltimore, Maryland. A team from the University of Pittsburgh has successfully used gene therapy techniques to promote accelerated skeletal muscle... [Read More]

'Twins' born 16 years apart - correction
12 June 2006 - by BioNews
In BioNews 360, we published a story about a baby born following the implantation of an embryo that had been frozen for 16 years. It has been brought to our attention that there is no evidence that embryo quality deteriorates during extended storage times, contrary to the impression given in... [Read More]

IVF patients' career concerns
12 June 2006 - by Maria Greenslade
A survey conducted by patient support group Infertility UK (IN UK) has shown that a third of people undergoing fertility treatment are unwilling to tell their employers, due to fears that it could harm their career. The survey, which was carried out on around 300 patients, has... [Read More]

Call to improve IVF patient care in UK
12 June 2006 - by Maria Greenslade
On the 10th June 2006, National Infertility Day, Dame Suzi Leather - Chair of the UK's Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) - spoke about the need for information on the cost of infertility treatment, improvement in customer care and called for access to fertility treatment to be improved... [Read More]



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