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Issue 609 (31 May 2011)

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Crossing borders for surrogacy: the problems for families and policymakers
31 May 2011 - by Natalie Gamble
More people are crossing borders to build their families than ever before. Prospective parents can easily access information about treatment options in countries where regulations permit treatments outlawed in the UK or where there is little or no regulation at all. But where surrogacy is involved, going abroad raises very difficult legal issues.... [Read More]

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Genetic variation linked to infertility in women, claims study
31 May 2011 - by Dr Caroline Hirst
Researchers from Johns Hopkins University, USA, have found a link between female infertility and genetic variation in a gene regulating cholesterol uptake... [Read More]
Australian woman granted possession of dead husband's sperm
31 May 2011 - by MacKenna Roberts
A widow has been granted possession of her late husband's sperm in an 'exceptional' Australian court ruling last week... [Read More]
Genetic test for sports ability raises concerns in US
31 May 2011 - by Dr Jay Stone
A US company has launched a mail order genetic test that claims to provide 'athletes and parents of young sports competitors' with information about the user's athletic strengths, what type of training will be most beneficial, and potential injury risks... [Read More]
DNA affecting the severity of cystic fibrosis discovered
31 May 2011 - by Dr Kimberley Bryon-Dodd
Two genetic regions that might explain some differences in disease severity in cystic fibrosis (CF) patients have been identified by US and Canadian researchers. The two regions contain genes that can modify lung function... [Read More]
Genes, autism and brain structure
31 May 2011 - by Mehmet Fidanboylu
Gene activity in two brain regions is different in autism, scientists say. A US study found activity patterns were similar in the frontal and temporal lobes of people with autism, despite the lobes having different functions... [Read More]
Lord Winston criticises IVF clinics of 'excessive' costs and 'misinformation'
31 May 2011 - by Dr Lux Fatimathas
Some IVF clinics in London are overcharging patients for fertility services, Professor Lord Robert Winston has said... [Read More]
New genetic test may help to improve IVF success
31 May 2011 - by Dr Rosie Gilchrist
Multiple genetic tests have been performed on a single embryo for almost the first time, according to US researchers. The researchers from John Hopkins School of Medicine say their technique for making copies of an embryo's DNA can improve IVF success rates... [Read More]
French National Assembly votes to keep stem cell and embryo restrictions
31 May 2011 - by Sarah Pritchard
The French Parliament has voted to maintain current restrictions on human embryonic stem cell (hESC) research... [Read More]


Film Review: Donor Unknown - Adventures in the Sperm Trade
31 May 2011 - by Rachel Pepa
'I've always wanted to meet my donor just to find out something about myself', says JoEllen Marsh in the documentary Donor Unknown, reflecting the importance for many donor-conceived (DC) people of connecting with the unknown half of their families... [Read More]



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