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Issue 785 (12 January 2015)

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The good, the bad and the ugly: compassion and corruption in the commercial baby business
12 January 2015 - by Ëlo Luik
Are business and medicine hopelessly intertwined in fertility care, at (quite literally) the expense of the patient?... [Read More]
Happy New Year
12 January 2015 - by Sarah Norcross
BioNews is back!... [Read More]

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First stem-cell therapy recommended for approval by EU regulator
12 January 2015 - by Dr Lanay Griessner
The first advanced therapy containing stem cells has received a positive assessment from the European Medicines Agency... [Read More]
Just plain bad luck? Stem cell division rates play major role in cancer risk
12 January 2015 - by Kirsty Oswald
Researchers have estimated that around 65 percent of variation in cancer rates between tissue types is related to the number of stem cell divisions, explaining why cancer occurs more commonly in some parts of the body than others... [Read More]
Human sperm and egg precursors created from stem cells
12 January 2015 - by Dr Linda Wijlaars
For the first time, researchers have succeeded in creating human sperm and egg precursor cells from stem cells... [Read More]
Four rare genetic conditions added to screening list for UK newborns
12 January 2015 - by Dr Charlotte Warren-Gash
All newborn babies in England are now to be offered screening for four rare life-threatening genetic disorders... [Read More]
Baby born with genetic disease after embryo test 'mistakes'
12 January 2015 - by Chee Hoe Low
A baby has been born with a genetic condition after a laboratory used by a Nottingham fertility clinic reportedly made a mistake interpreting PGD results... [Read More]
23andMe partners with Genentech in Parkinson's disease deal
12 January 2015 - by Rebecca Carr
23andMe, the personal genetics company, has announced an agreement with biotech company Genentech to identify new therapeutic targets for the treatment of Parkinson's disease... [Read More]
Mitochondrial DNA donors granted anonymity in draft legislation
12 January 2015 - by Dr Rachel Brown
Regulations to legalise and govern the use of mitochondrial donation techniques have been placed before the UK Parliament.... [Read More]
European Court rules parthenotes fall outside human embryo patent ban
12 January 2015 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza
The European Court of Justice (CJEU) has cleared the way for the patenting of human parthenotes for industrial and commercial purposes, clarifying the definition of 'human embryo' excluded from patentability in European Law... [Read More]
Genomics England announces 11 centres spearheading 100,000 Genomes Project
12 January 2015 - by Dr Barbara Kramarz
Eleven NHS Genomic Medicine Centres have been announced by Genomics England to spearhead the 100,000 Genomes Project... [Read More]


Film Review: Survival of the Fabulous
12 January 2015 - by Jenny Sharpe
'Darwin, you've got some explaining to do!'... [Read More]



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