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Issue 716 (05 August 2013)

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Surrogacy law: a call for change?
05 August 2013 - by Susan Imrie and Vasanti Jadva
The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority intends to update its guidance on surrogacy for clinics, and while we welcome this clarification, it is also important to consider how surrogates feel the law shapes their experiences... [Read More]

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Sperm donor named legal parent and ordered to pay £300,000
05 August 2013 - by Ayesha Ahmad
A sperm donor conceived a child during an 'intense extramarital affair', a High Court judge has ruled, and has been ordered to pay litigation costs of £300,000 and child maintenance... [Read More]
Fertility drugs not linked to heart disease
05 August 2013 - by Rivka Marks-Maran
Women who have fertility treatment to boost egg production are not at increased risk of death or developing major heart disease later in life, according to a Canadian study... [Read More]
Stem cells from human urine used to grow teeth in mice
05 August 2013 - by Dr Rosie Gilchrist
Scientists have grown tooth-like structures in the lab using stem cells derived from human urine combined with embryonic mouse cells... [Read More]
Higher risk of childhood cancer for those born from women with fertility problems
05 August 2013 - by Daryl Ramai
Children born from mothers with fertility problems are at a higher risk of developing cancers during childhood and young adulthood, according to a large Danish study... [Read More]
Having a purpose in life makes gene expression 'healthier'
05 August 2013 - by Rhys Baker
Different types of happiness affect the human genome in different ways, according to research from the University of California, Los Angeles... [Read More]
Scents and sense ability: genes may influence perception of smell
05 August 2013 - by Matthew Thomas
Whether a smell strikes you as fragrant or fetid – or if you even notice it at all – may be influenced by your genes, according to a pair of studies... [Read More]


Book Review: Fertility and Reproduction
05 August 2013 - by Marco Narajos
Fertility and Reproduction is extremely up-to-date on current issues, discussing saviour sibling treatment, eugenics as well as mitochondrial replacement, all of which have been extremely topical in bioethics... [Read More]



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