Subscribe to the BioNews newsletter for free

Login
Advanced Search

Search for
BioNews

Like the Progress Educational Trust on Facebook


 

CONTENTS

Issue 549 (15 March 2010)

COMMENT
NEWS DIGEST
REVIEWS
BioNews Appeal: Please donate HERE to keep BioNews independent and FREE to read

You are currently viewing the HTML Alert version of the BioNews email newsletter.

Click here to view the HTML Full Text version, or here to view the Plain Text version.

 

Welcome to BioNews by email, published by the Progress Educational Trust, providing you with news, comment and reviews on genetics, assisted conception, embryo/stem cell research and related areas. 

Visit the BioNews website at www.bionews.org.uk where you can subscribe for free to receive BioNews by email in one of three formats, and search the archive of more than 6,000 articles.

Comment

Epigenetics in psychiatric disorders: A guide for beginners
12 March 2010 - by Sally Marlow
Mental health is a huge global concern, with one in four people experiencing some form of mental health problem at some point in their lives. Psychiatric disorders are sometimes difficult to study, as they are diagnosed on the basis of observed behaviours... [Read More]
UK's HTA voices concerns about unlawful cord blood collection
12 March 2010 - by Dr Shaun Griffin
On Tuesday (9 March) the UK's Human Tissue Authority (HTA) took the unprecedented step of writing to more than 150 organisations to express our concerns that umbilical cord blood is being collected unlawfully, and that this activity may compromise safety and quality standards. Our letters were targeted at those we regulate, maternity units, professional bodies and others... [Read More]

News Digest

Acupuncture does not increase IVF success rate: new guidelines
15 March 2010 - by Dr Sophie Pryor
Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine do not provide any benefit to women trying to become pregnant, the British Fertility Society (BFS) has found after reviewing the available evidence. The new guidelines, published in the journal Human Fertility, state that there is 'currently no evidence' that these methods increase the success rate of assisted conception, when used in conjunction with IVF (in vitro fertilisation).... [Read More]
Gene variant linked to pain sensitivity
15 March 2010 - by Maren Urner
A common gene variant has been linked to differences in pain sensitivity, according to a new study by scientists based at Cambridge University. The finding could help to explain why people have different pain thresholds and might help in the search for effective pain killers with tolerable side effects.... [Read More]
World first: entire genomes sequenced to find disease
15 March 2010 - by Dr Will Fletcher
Sequencing a patient's genome to find the genetic cause of their inherited disease has finally been proven to be a viable clinical approach in two recent independent studies. For some time gene sequencing has been heralded as ushering in a new era of medicine. However, until now, only around 10 people in the world had had their personal genomes sequenced in full, and all of these were healthy people. Now, in the ten years since the first full genome was sequenced (at a cost of ... [Read More]
US couples take novel approach to IVF fundraising
15 March 2010 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza
A couple in the US has taken a novel approach to meeting the cost of in vitro fertilisation (IVF) treatment. Rather than approaching the bank or re-mortgaging the family home, as some couples are reported to have done, Brandi and Shelton Koskie decided to try to raise the money required - estimated to be around $12,000 - through private fundraising.... [Read More]
UK's HTA warns of unlawful cord blood collections
11 March 2010 - by Dr Karen Devine
The UK's Human Tissue Authority (HTA) issued a press release this week warning of the dangers of collecting umbilical cord blood stem cells by those who are unqualified to do so. Cord blood is rich in stem cells that contain potentially powerful biological properties, which could be useful in the treatment of certain blood disorders and cancers, and may in the long term be used in regenerative medicine.... [Read More]
HFEA updates its clinic ratings website
14 March 2010 - by Gozde Zorlu
The UK's fertility industry regulator, the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA), has published new data on the success rates of fertility clinics across the country, enabling patients to find out the likely result of their treatment.... [Read More]
Australia considers lifting ban on sex selection
15 March 2010 - by Nishat Hyder
The Australian federal five-year moratorium on the use of gender selection technology in IVF (in vitro fertilisation) treatment for so-called 'social' reasons ends this year, reopening this controversial debate. The Australian health watchdog, the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), confirmed that that it will be conducting a review of this issue, beginning within the next few months, after the completion of its ongoing review of the Research Involving Human E... [Read More]
Quebec to offer free IVF
14 March 2010 - by Rosie Beauchamp
Yves Bolduc, the Minister for Health in Quebec, Canada, has announced plans to introduce free fertility treatment through the extension of Medicare coverage. This move will fulfil Premier Jean Charest's 2008 campaign promise... [Read More]
UK clinic launches overseas egg donation service
15 March 2010 - by Ailsa Stevens
A donated human egg will be raffled on Wednesday to mark the launch of a new IVF service which helps UK women to access egg donation services in America. The new service, offered by the Bridge Centre in London, will allow patients to select egg donors on the basis of characteristics such as racial background, health, education and appearance.... [Read More]

Reviews

Film Review: Extraordinary Measures
15 March 2010 - by Dr Gabrielle Samuel
Extraordinary Measures is the story of the desperation of a father to find a drug to prolong the lives of his sick children, Megan and Patrick, who both have an incurable genetic condition with a life expectancy of nine years of age.... [Read More]

 

 

Published by the Progress Educational Trust

CROSSING FRONTIERS

Public Conference
London
8 December 2017

Speakers include

Professor Azim Surani

Professor Magdalena Zernicka-Goetz

Professor Robin Lovell-Badge

Sally Cheshire

Professor Guido Pennings

Katherine Littler

Professor Allan Pacey

Dr Sue Avery

Professor Richard Anderson

Dr Elizabeth Garner

Dr Andy Greenfield

Dr Anna Smajdor

Dr Henry Malter

Vivienne Parry

Dr Helen O'Neill

Dr César Palacios-González

Philippa Taylor

Fiona Fox

Sarah Norcross

Sandy Starr


BOOK HERE

Good Fundraising Code

Become a Friend of PET HERE and give the Progress Educational Trust a regular donation