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Issue 701 (22 April 2013)

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Podcast: Being - The Donor-Conceived Perspective
22 April 2013 - by James Brooks
A podcast produced as part of the When It Takes More Than Two project organised by the Progress Educational Trust... [Read More]
Nuffield report: Parents should decide whether or not to 'tell'
22 April 2013 - by Dr Wybo Dondorp
The Nuffield Council report rightly rejects the call to pressurising parents into compliance, as this abstract ideal of openness disallows them to make their own moral judgements about what is best in their situation and for their family... [Read More]
The state provision of fertility treatment: 'NICE' idea
22 April 2013 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza
The Progress Educational Trust's debate, 'NICE Try… But is anyone listening?', considered the impact of the radical structural changes to the NHS on the state provision of IVF. At least two central critical themes emerged from the debate: a critique of method and a critique of measure... [Read More]

News Digest

Stem cells given a good nanokicking
22 April 2013 - by Dr Rachael Panizzo
Human stem cells have been converted into bone cells using a technique called 'nanokicking'... [Read More]
Nuffield says parents should decide whether to tell children they are donor-conceived
22 April 2013 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza
The Nuffield Council on Bioethics has recommended that parents of donor-conceived children are best placed to tell them about their biological origins, but should not be mandated to do so... [Read More]
Gene for epilepsy paves way for genetic testing
22 April 2013 - by Purvi Shah
Researchers in Australia have identified a genetic link to a common form of epilepsy, which could lead the way to genetic testing for this type of the condition.... [Read More]
Motor neurone disease stem cell trial advances to next phase
22 April 2013 - by Matthew Young
A neural stem cell therapy aimed at treating the symptoms of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is set to advance in the USA, after the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) gave its approval for it to proceed to the next stage of clinical trials... [Read More]
A gene switch for better heart healing in mice
22 April 2013 - by Emma Stoye
Researchers have identified a gene that regulates the regeneration of adult heart cells... [Read More]
'Gene signature' predicts chemotherapy survival
22 April 2013 - by Siobhan Chan
Scientists have identified an eight-gene 'signature' that can predict patients' response to chemotherapy... [Read More]
Scientists skip stem cell stage to make myelin in mice
22 April 2013 - by Dr Anna Cauldwell
Skin cells have been directly converted into the types of cells destroyed in patients with myelin disorders like multiple sclerosis and cerebral palsy in a pair of studies on mice... [Read More]


Podcast Review: Naked Genetics - Beautiful Otherness
22 April 2013 - by Richard Fadok
For a self-described 'look inside your genes', this programme did what it set out to accomplish but ultimately obscured the real complexity of autism spectrum disorders... [Read More]



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