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The Fertility Show

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Issue 731 (18 November 2013)

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Comment

Why rare disease research isn't just about rare diseases
18 November 2013 - by Oliver Timmis
The idea of a rare disease informing wider knowledge about fundamentals of biology is now well established. We have shown it in alkaptonuria research, as alkaptonuria (which affects around 80 people in the UK) is an extreme form of osteoarthritis (which affects more than eight million)... [Read More]
In defence of privacy
18 November 2013 - by Dr Stuart Hogarth
Is the newly launched Personal Genome Project's public disclosure policy the best response to the difficulties of safeguarding genomic confidentiality?... [Read More]

News Digest

HFEA loses legal battle on enforcement of multiple birth quotas
15 November 2013 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza
The UK's High Court has ruled against the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority saying its actions towards two clinics over a licence condition to impose a maximum multiple birth rate were unlawful. The HFEA has now decided to withdraw the condition from all UK fertility clinics' licences... [Read More]
Gene therapy brings pig hearts back down to size
18 November 2013 - by Siobhan Chan
Heart failure can be reversed using gene therapy, with the effect being amplified when two genes are used together, a study in pigs has found... [Read More]
Lesbian couple sue hospital after being 'refused IVF'
18 November 2013 - by Cait McDonagh
Two women claim to have been refused IVF treatment on the NHS at St Mary's Hospital in Manchester on the basis of their sexuality... [Read More]
Women with asthma take longer to get pregnant
18 November 2013 - by Dr Lanay Griessner
Researchers in Denmark have found that women with asthma take longer to become pregnant compared to non-asthmatics. The results add to an emerging body of evidence showing that asthma affects fertility... [Read More]
Nanoscale construction project on time and on budget
18 November 2013 - by Dr Naqash Raja
A system that allows researchers to control a tiny cellular transport network has been developed by researchers at the Universities of Oxford and Warwick... [Read More]
Depression may speed up DNA ageing
18 November 2013 - by María Victoria Rivas Llanos
Severe depression speeds up the ageing process of our cells, researchers have found... [Read More]

Reviews

Book Review: Life's Vital Link
18 November 2013 - by Rhys Baker
In this book on the placenta, the shortest-lived human organ, we find out about the fascinating immunological paradox of pregnancy as well as the effects of maternal, paternal, and even retroviral genes in the functioning of the placenta... [Read More]

 

 

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