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Issue 799 (27 April 2015)

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Gammygate II: Surrogacy law must not be based on the latest tabloid story
27 April 2015 - by Professor Jenni Millbank
Surrogacy has received vastly disproportionate attention in Australia given its infrequent occurrence. In less than 30 years we have seen 27 public inquiries and at least 17 different laws passed. Many thousands of media articles and current affairs stories have been penned and filmed... [Read More]
Editing human embryos
27 April 2015 - by Professor Robin Lovell-Badge
As Chinese scientists report the first gene editing of human embryos, is a moratorium on such practice justified?... [Read More]

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Chinese scientists edit genes of human embryos
27 April 2015 - by Ayala Ochert
Chinese scientists report the first-ever genetic modification of human embryos using the CRISPR/Cas9 gene-editing technique, confirming rumours that these highly controversial experiments were underway... [Read More]
Gene therapy shows promise for immune disorder
27 April 2015 - by Isobel Steer
Six boys with the inherited immune disorder Wiskott-Aldrich Syndrome (WAS) have been successfully treated with a gene-therapy technique that harnesses a 'tamed' HIV virus... [Read More]
Genome editing prevents mitochondrial disease in mice
27 April 2015 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza
A gene-editing technique that may prevent mutated mitochondrial DNA from being passed down from mother to child has shown success in an animal study... [Read More]
Startup launches budget BRCA test
27 April 2015 - by Dr Indrayani Ghangrekar
A US company has announced a low-cost genetic test for breast cancer... [Read More]
Father given parental rights in home insemination case
27 April 2015 - by Ari Haque
A man who provided sperm to a female friend who then used it to conceive without sexual intercourse has been awarded parental rights by the Virginia Court of Appeals in the USA... [Read More]
French court grants lesbian adoption after appeal
27 April 2015 - by Kirsty Oswald
A French appeals court has granted a woman the right to adopt a child her wife conceived overseas via artificial insemination... [Read More]


Book Review: From Bench to Bedside, to Track and Field
27 April 2015 - by Dr Ross Cloney
The image of eugenics often portrayed in the media is reminiscent of the horrors of the early to middle 20th century. Legions of identical blond-haired, blue-eyed ubermenschen, backed by an authoritarian state with no room for diversity or difference. In 'From Bench to Bedside, to Track and Field: the context of enhancement and its ethical relevance', Silvia Camporesi demolishes that image... [Read More]



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