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BioNews, published by the Progress Educational Trust (PET), provides news and comment on genetics, assisted conception, embryo/stem cell research and related areas. You can subscribe to the BioNews email newsletter for free.




Alzheimer's-linked gene missing in man with healthy brain
18 August 2014 - by Chris Hardy
A man without a working copy of a gene thought to be necessary for healthy brain function - and linked with Alzheimer's disease - has a 'grossly normal cognitive status'. Targeting this gene in people at-risk for the disease could help to protect them against it... [Read More]

Gene therapy trial begins in heart pump patients
18 August 2014 - by Isobel Steer
A gene therapy trial has been launched to help people with advanced heart failure who must constantly carry a bulky battery to power an artificial heart pump.... [Read More]

Judge awards birth mother custody of twins after Italian IVF mix-up
18 August 2014 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza
An Italian judge has ordered that two children born following an embryo mix-up at a Rome fertility clinic should reside with the birth mother and not with the twins' biological parents.... [Read More]





Baby Gammy: the responsibilities of ART professionals in international surrogacy
18 August 2014 - by Professor Eric Blyth
The Baby Gammy case has sparked worldwide interest and comment. The case highlights troubling issues that have been exercising the minds of some of us for some time... [Read More]

Surrogacy, motherhood and Baby Gammy
11 August 2014 - by Sascha Callaghan and Ainsley Newson
The story of the baby with Down's syndrome 'abandoned' in Thailand, which has dominated the news, illustrates how the international surrogacy industry has been booming... [Read More]

Brüstle in the Dock: ISCC v Comptroller General of Patents, Opinion of AG Cruz Villalón
04 August 2014 - by Julian Hitchcock
As BioNews 763 reported recently, Advocate General Cruz Villalón has advised the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) that human parthenotes are not human embryos. The fact that he had to do so raises serious concerns about the ability of Europe's leading court to interpret bioethical legislation and challenges the authority of one of its most notorious cases.... [Read More]





Radio Review: The Moral Maze - Surrogacy
18 August 2014 - by Dr Rosie Morley
'Money can't buy you love but it can certainly buy you parenthood'. Or can it? Should it? And if it should, where and how should it be regulated?... [Read More]

Book Review: Truly Human Enhancement - A Philosophical Defence of Limits
11 August 2014 - by James Storm
Nicholas Agar has endeared himself to the enhancement debate by being a little bit afraid of 'post humans' – the real life supermen who could very well use their powers for evil and enslave the rest of humanity. It may come as no surprise then that Agar's latest venture into the debate continues in much the same vein.... [Read More]

Book Review: The Man in the Monkeynut Coat - William Astbury and the Forgotten Road to the Double-Helix
04 August 2014 - by Rhys Baker
This story about the forgotten road to the double helix argues that William Astbury deserves the same recognition as Crick and Watson. It is a very persuasive argument... [Read More]

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