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Issue 478 (06 October 2008)

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Comment

Dyslexia, genes and labels
06 October 2008 - by Dr Jess Buxton
This week, BioNews includes details of a study that has uncovered a possible genetic influence on reading ability. What exactly have the researchers found, and what does it mean for children with reading difficulties? And is it really the 'dyslexia gene', as it was called in some of the newspaper... [Read More]
Egg sharing and cryopreservation - for whose benefit?
06 October 2008 - by Dr John Parsons
Nataly Atalla's uncritical advertorial 'freeze and share: an evolution of egg sharing' in BioNews 476 (week 15/9/2008 - 21/9/2008) did not address a number of important points. I would have expected some comment on the success rate of the vitrification technique in their hands. She cites 100,000... [Read More]

News Digest

Correction: New method for egg freezing may improve IVF success rates
02 October 2008 - by BioNews
In BioNews 471 we published a story which used the term 'freezing' to describe a new embryo preservation technique known as 'vitrification'. It has been brought to our attention that 'freezing' is not an accurate description of the vitrification process, which in fact uses certain chemicals and processes to avoid... [Read More]
Study finds association between fat-cell hormone and cancer
06 October 2008 - by Adam Fletcher
Writing in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), Dr Boris Pasche and team at the University of Alabama, Birmingham, US, report an association between variations in a fat-cell hormone gene, and colorectal cancer. The study profiled ten single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs - point changes in DNA... [Read More]
Genetic link to reading ability
06 October 2008 - by Alison Cranage
Researchers at the Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics at Oxford University, UK, have identified a genetic variant that is linked to reading ability. The findings, published in the American Journal of Psychiatry, implicate a gene that could also be involved in dyslexia. Dr Silvia Paracchini, lead... [Read More]
Scientists find new information about embryo implantation
06 October 2008 - by Dr Charlotte Maden
Scientists at the University of Oxford, UK, believe they have identified the way in which embryos implant in the uterus, providing essential information which may be used in the future for infertility treatments and offering hope to thousands of infertile couples. Implantation of an embryo to the... [Read More]
India to introduce new fertility regulation
06 October 2008 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza
New laws to regulate assisted reproductive technology in India will be introduced to Parliament later this year. The text of the Assisted Reproductive Technology (Regulation) Bill 2008 was published last week by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) for public comment. The bill aims to regulate... [Read More]
Obesity may affect sex hormone levels but not sperm count
06 October 2008 - by Lorna Stewart
A study of 2000 men, conducted by Dr Anette Aggerholm and colleagues at Aarhus University Hospital in Denmark, has found no association between obesity and semen quality. The study, published in the journal Fertility and Sterility, involved taking blood and semen samples from all participants as well... [Read More]
Gene discovery sheds light on 'Narcolepsy'
06 October 2008 - by Stuart Scott
A genome-wide screen performed by Japanese scientists has uncovered a genetic variant linked to an increased risk for narcolepsy - a sleeping disorder marked by excessive daytime sleepiness, loss of muscle function and hallucinations. Researchers at the University of Tokyo compared the genome of 222 narcoleptic Japanese and... [Read More]
Discredited cloning technology patented in Australia
06 October 2008 - by MacKenna Roberts
The Australian Patent Office, IP Australia, are expected to grant a patent to internationally disgraced South Korean Scientist Hwang Woo-Suk for his human cloning technology which he fraudulently claimed led to false scientific achievements in 2005. Hwang is one of 18 researchers named on the patent application... [Read More]

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