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Issue 632 (07 November 2011)

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Comment

Is intentional parenthood good for children?
07 November 2011 - by Elizabeth Marquardt
In today's debates about the family a new phrase can often be heard: 'intentional parenthood'. The term appears to have originated in the 1990s to resolve disputed surrogacy or lesbian parenting family law cases... [Read More]
Ethical principles and the HFEA's donation review
- by Professor Stephen Wilkinson
At a public meeting on 19 October, the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) decided to move to a 'flat rate' system of monetary compensation for egg donors. The HFEA also decided to leave the regulations governing egg sharing substantially unchanged. Critics have already raised concerns about the quality of the discussion at the meeting, I want to look at a quite different issue: the use made by the HFEA of the idea of 'ethical principles'... [Read More]

News Digest

Exercise outweighs 'fat' genes
07 November 2011 - by Dr Marianne Kennedy
When it comes to our weight, there is no need to wallow in the gene pool. Scientists have found that physical activity lessens the link between genes and obesity... [Read More]
DIY fertility test for men coming soon
07 November 2011 - by Julianna Photopoulos
A PhD student at the University of Twente in the Netherlands has developed an at-home fertility test for men which counts sperm and measures their motility... [Read More]
Gene tests for weight loss: Australian pharmacies under fire
07 November 2011 - by Dr Zara Mahmoud
The Australian Pharmacy Guild has drawn criticism after signing a commercial deal that offers weight-loss programmes based on genetic testing. Medical experts in the field claim that the test is a 'gimmick', as research linking genes to weight gain or loss is still in its infancy, and is not suitable evidence to guide dietary regimes... [Read More]
Progeria could be treated with existing drug
07 November 2011 - by Oliver Timmis
Progeria, an extremely rare genetic disease that is commonly used as model for ageing, could be treated with an existing drug... [Read More]
Evidence found that Asian populations interbred with ancient ancestors
07 November 2011 - by Ruth Retassie
Present day humans in Southeast Asia have about one percent of DNA originating from Denisovans, an extinct species from the Homo genus... [Read More]
Stem cells for lung repair identified and tested in mice
07 November 2011 - by Dr Rachael Panizzo
Stem cells that are able to regenerate damaged lung tissue have been discovered by scientists. The brochioalveolar stem cells (BASCs), naturally present in the lungs of rodents and humans, are capable of rebuilding alveoli - the small air sacs in lungs... [Read More]
Genetic regions linked to schizophrenia by two Chinese studies
07 November 2011 - by Dr Nadeem Shaikh
Two Chinese genome wide association studies (GWAS) have identified genomic regions linked to the incidence of schizophrenia. The papers, published in Nature, are some of the first GWAS to look at Chinese as opposed to Western populations.... [Read More]
Brain genes change over time
07 November 2011 - by Mehmet Fidanboylu
The brain is a genetic mosaic of nerve cells that differ from each other slightly and change over time, according to a new study published in the journal Nature.... [Read More]

Reviews

Film Review: In Vitro
04 November 2011 - by Luciana Strait
'You can run but you can't hide; not forever'. The opening sequence of 'In Vitro' speaks to anyone who has ever made a mistake or a bad decision. But what if your decision was responsible for changing the world we live in forever? Despite being an educational film, the stunning cinematography and thought-provoking content makes this a must-see for anyone... [Read More]
Film Review: Eggsploitation
07 November 2011 - by George Frodsham
'Eggsploitation' highlights some worrying issues with the way in which egg-harvesting currently operates. Yet it leaves the viewer with the feeling that they haven't been shown the whole picture and a sneaking suspicion that a hidden agenda is at play... [Read More]

 

 

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