Subscribe to the BioNews newsletter for free

Advanced Search

Search for

Like the Progress Educational Trust on Facebook


Issue 605 (03 May 2011)

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 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.


Gamete Donation Review - not the HFEA's finest hour
03 May 2011 - by Professor Eric Blyth
During its 20-year history, the UK's Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) has notched up significant achievements in the regulation of assisted human reproduction that have rightly drawn respect worldwide. An important characteristic of the HFEA's approach to regulation has been its use of public consultations to inform policy development... [Read More]
IVF and the prevention of mitochondrial DNA disease: the moral issues
03 May 2011 - by Professor Alison Murdoch
Medicine has faced many controversial milestones, none more so than those involving reproduction. The UK Government must now decide whether we can use IVF technology to reduce the risk of transmission of mitochondrial DNA abnormalities. Will they accept it or reject it?... [Read More]

News Digest

NHS Warwickshire resumes fertility funding
03 May 2011 - by Sarah Pritchard
NHS Warwickshire is to resume providing fertility services this month after it suspended many routine procedures last summer amid financial concerns.... [Read More]
Delay to avoiding mitochondrial disease in babies
03 May 2011 - by MacKenna Roberts
Further research is needed into the safety and effectiveness of techniques to prevent children being born with mitochondrial disease, a Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) report has concluded... [Read More]
Another gene linked to ADHD
03 May 2011 - by Dr Tamara Hirsch
Korean scientists have uncovered another gene, GIT1, linked to Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). The study published in Nature Medicine lends further support to a genetic basis for this behavioural condition, which is sometimes attributed to poor parenting.... [Read More]
Pregnancy diet linked to childhood obesity
03 May 2011 - by Dr Kimberley Bryon-Dodd
An international study has found an association between lower consumption of carbohydrates during early pregnancy and the activity of a gene thought to be linked to increased fat levels in children... [Read More]
Whole-genome sequencing may improve cancer diagnosis
03 May 2011 - by Mehmet Fidanboylu
Two US studies have demonstrated how whole-genome screening can help improve cancer treatment and diagnosis. The researchers claim to have taken a major step towards using this type of screening to help predict patients' responses to different treatments based on their genetics... [Read More]
Mouse study may offer new clues to miscarriage risk
03 May 2011 - by Dr Charlotte Maden
A new study looking at the regulation of egg production in mice ovaries has identified a defect in 'quality control', which may help scientists understand why some women have a miscarriage during pregnancy... [Read More]
Genes linked to coffee drinking
03 May 2011 - by Dr Jay Stone
US researchers have identified two genes that could explain why some of us are tempted to reach for those caffeine-packed drinks... [Read More]
New method '100-fold' better at stem cell reprogramming
03 May 2011 - by Dr Marianne Kennedy
A novel and more efficient method for generating induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) from adult cells using small RNA molecules has been discovered by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in the USA... [Read More]
Journalists launch  'fertility tourism' investigation
03 May 2011 - by Julianna Photopoulos
A BBC Radio Scotland investigation examining examples of 'fertility tourism' has highlighted the emotional, physical and financial concerns faced by couples travelling abroad to seek fertility treatment... [Read More]


School Resource Pack Review: Spectrum of Opinion - Genes, Autism and Psychological Spectrum Disorders
03 May 2011 - by Ata Anane
Autism spectrum disorders are rarely out of the headlines. Take, for example, reports of last year's 'breakthrough' in the diagnosis of autism and the infamous research of Andrew Wakefield. This resource pack brings this public and medical debate into the classroom and makes it suitable for students over 16 years of age... [Read More]



Published by the Progress Educational Trust
Advertise your products and services HERE - click for further details

Good Fundraising Code

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