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Issue 937 (12 February 2018)

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Comment

A scramble for headlines or an optimistic (sunny side up) contribution to research on fertility preservation?
12 February 2018 - by Professor Robin Lovell-Badge
The problem of fertility preservation for girls and women undergoing cancer treatments has been a subject of research for many decades. The recent study by McLaughlin and colleagues from Professor Evelyn Telfer's lab at the University of Edinburgh, UK, is aimed at finding a solution to this problem, with the claim that they have produced mature human egg cells in the lab for the first time... [Read More]

News Digest

Utah Senator tries to overturn his own surrogacy legislation
12 February 2018 - by Theofanis Michailidis
Lyle Hillyard of the Utah state Senate is seeking to overturn legislation giving legal protection to parties involved in surrogacy agreements, to prevent it being used by same-sex couples... [Read More]
Scientists film brain stem cells dividing into neurons for first time
12 February 2018 - by Charlotte Spicer
Researchers have successfully filmed the division of stem cells in an adult mouse brain, for the first time... [Read More]
Human eggs grown in a dish for the first time
12 February 2018 - by Elizabeth Oliver
Researchers have grown fully developed human eggs in the laboratory for the first time... [Read More]
Major mental illnesses share unexpected gene activity
12 February 2018 - by Dr Linda Wijlaars
Several psychiatric disorders – autism, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and depression – share patterns of gene activity, an international team of scientists has found... [Read More]
Sequencing company proposes trading genetic information for cryptocurrency
12 February 2018 - by Ruth Retassie
Nebula Genomics, a new firm founded by geneticists, has announced its plan to sequence customers’ genomes cheaply and allow them to sell their own genomic information for digital money... [Read More]
Single molecule found for breast cancer spread
12 February 2018 - by Dr Nicoletta Charolidi
Blocking a single molecule, the amino acid asparagine, can prevent breast cancer spread in mice, according to a new study... [Read More]
PET patron wins prestigious award
12 February 2018 - by Shaoni Bhattacharya
Baroness Mary Warnock, patron of the Progress Educational Trust (PET), which publishes BioNews, is to be awarded a major international prize for her work in bioethics... [Read More]

Reviews

Book Review: The Ethics of Pregnancy, Abortion and Childbirth - Exploring Moral Choices in Childbearing
12 February 2018 - by Dr Anna Smajdor
Academics have written at length on the ethics of reproductive technologies, abortion and speculative possibilities such as reproductive cloning. But pregnancy itself up until recently has been a somewhat neglected topic... [Read More]

 

 

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