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Issue 712 (08 July 2013)

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The House of Lords Regenerative Medicine Report - Clearing the hurdles for cell therapy clinical translation and commercialisation
08 July 2013 - by Professor Chris Mason
Stem cells are great science. However, if their legacy is to be significant health and wealth benefits this will require substantial funding, appropriate infrastructure and lots of patience... [Read More]

News Digest

Risk of birth defects from cousin marriage revealed by Bradford study
08 July 2013 - by Dr Victoria Burchell
Marriage between first cousins could double the risk of any offspring having a birth defect, researchers say... [Read More]
No or low risk of autism and intellectual disability from IVF
08 July 2013 - by Dr Katie Howe
Children born following IVF have no increased risk of autism but may be at a very small increased risk of intellectual disability, a Swedish study suggests. However, the researchers stress that the overall likelihood of children conceived via IVF having an intellectual impairment remains extremely low... [Read More]
Two genetic variations linked to post-natal depression
08 July 2013 - by Dr Linda Wijlaars
Two genetic variants that are involved in the stress response have been linked to postnatal depression. [Read More]
IVF sex selection ban is unjustified, says ethicist
08 July 2013 - by Matthew Young
A report produced by bioethicists from Keele University has concluded that there is no justifiable basis on which to ban IVF sex selection in the UK.... [Read More]
Tiny human livers grown from stem cells functional in mice
08 July 2013 - by James Brooks
Stem cells generated from adult cells have been used to grow tiny 'liver buds' which were then successfully transplanted into mice... [Read More]
Human embryonic stem cell patent challenged
08 July 2013 - by Ari Haque
Two US public interest groups have asked a federal appeals court to hear a challenge of a patent over human embryonic stem cells... [Read More]
Lords report raises concerns over regenerative medicine in the UK
08 July 2013 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza
A House of Lords committee has said the UK is currently underprepared for developments in regenerative medicine and called on the Government to act to ensure the UK maintains its leading role in the field.... [Read More]
Stem cell transplant patients have no sign of HIV
08 July 2013 - by Dr James Heather
Two HIV patients that received bone marrow transplants have been able to stop taking their anti-viral drugs without any detectable reappearance of the virus, scientists have announced.... [Read More]
First baby born from 'cheaper' gene sequencing of IVF embryos
08 July 2013 - by Siobhan Chan
A 'powerful' form of genome analysis could improve embryo selection for IVF, according to scientists who report that the first baby has been born from this method... [Read More]


Event Review: New Families and Genetic Identities - Developments in Law, Policy and Research
08 July 2013 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza
Families are complicated and no two are the same. It is often said that assisted reproductive technologies (ART) challenge traditional family models. But what has received less attention to date is how these 'new families' navigate a complex thicket of social, legal and policy norms... [Read More]



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