Subscribe to the BioNews newsletter for free

Login
Advanced Search

Search for
BioNews

Like the Progress Educational Trust on Facebook


The Fertility Show

CONTENTS

Issue 606 (09 May 2011)

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

Genes, ancestry and racial identity
09 May 2011 - by Dr Peter J Aspinall
The Progress Educational Trust's recent debate 'Is There a Place for Race in Biology' generated lively discussion around whether the accurate identification of genetically-distinct populations is possible or desirable. The semantic issue of whether the term 'race' in this context should be abandoned in favour of 'ethnicity', 'ancestry', or some other term was also raised... [Read More]
Choice, autonomy and eugenics: Thoughts on the HGC's report on preconception genetic testing and screening
09 May 2011 - by Dr Ainsley Newson
As highlighted in BioNews, in early April 2011 the UK's Human Genetics Commission (HGC) published a report supporting preconception genetic testing and screening (1). Preconception screening, which can be broadly described as identifying carriers of genetic mutations to inform reproductive decision-making for the person tested or his/her relatives, is well established in some jurisdictions but relatively unknown in the UK... [Read More]

News Digest

Can reducing stress really improve IVF success rates?
09 May 2011 - by Dr Kimberley Bryon-Dodd
Women who attended a mind and body course shortly before undergoing IVF demonstrated increased pregnancy rates compared with those that did not, a US study has found. The findings suggest that stress relief may increase the likelihood of becoming pregnant from IVF.... [Read More]
Happy disposition? New study claims it could be in your genes
09 May 2011 - by Dr Lux Fatimathas
British scientists say they have discovered a link between an individual's satisfaction with life and the type of 5-HTT gene they carry. The 5-HTT gene encodes a transporter for the brain chemical serotonin, which has previously been associated with regulating mood. Individuals carrying the long version of the gene were shown to... [Read More]
US plans to enrol one million veterans for new DNA bank
09 May 2011 - by Chris Chatterton
The US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced in Washington last week that the Million Veteran Program (MVP), a research project that aims to collect DNA, lifestyle and other health data from one million veterans under the care of the VA, was being rolled out nationally from 5 May 2011.... [Read More]
Surrogate child denied German passport
09 May 2011 - by Nisha Satkunarajah
A child born to a surrogate mother in India has been refused German citizenship despite the intending German parents being named on the birth certificate.... [Read More]
Researchers discover gene linked to rare brain disorder
09 May 2011 - by Rosemary Paxman
A gene mutation thought to be responsible for the rare hereditary brain disorder Kufs disease has been identified, scientists report. The research was carried out by Dr Melanie Bahlo and her team at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute's bioinformatics department in Parkville, Australia... [Read More]
Women with Turner syndrome using donor eggs carry a higher risk, claims study
09 May 2011 - by Dr Rosie Gilchrist
New research suggests that pregnancy via egg donation, in women with Turner's syndrome, carries an increased risk for both mother and child... [Read More]
Lower IVF success in women of African origin linked to autoimmunity, suggests study
09 May 2011 - by Mehmet Fidanboylu
A genetic predisposition towards autoimmune disease may be associated with lower pregnancy rates in IVF, a US study suggests. The findings offer a possible explanation for differences in IVF treatment outcomes between different ethnic groups.... [Read More]

Reviews

TV Review: The Gene Code - The Book of Life/Unlocking the Code
09 May 2011 - by Professor Sandy Raeburn
Nearly twenty years ago, a medical school I know well was deciding whether to incorporate the university genetics department. One senior medical professor cautioned that science-focused geneticists would be well advised to stop studying fruit flies, snails and other animal species in favour of 'real genetic research' into human genetics.... [Read More]

 

 

Published by the Progress Educational Trust

CROSSING FRONTIERS

Moving the Boundaries of Human Reproduction

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 Jacques Cohen

Dr Anna Smajdor

Dr Andy Greenfield

Vivienne Parry

Dr Helen O'Neill

Dr César Palacios-González

Philippa Taylor

Fiona Fox

Sarah Norcross


BOOK HERE

Good Fundraising Code

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