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Academic performance strongly influenced by genes
27 July 2015 - by Dr Charlotte Warren-Gash
The educational achievement of British teenagers is highly heritable across a range of academic subjects, according to researchers at King's College London... [Read More]

Chinese website sells sperm online
27 July 2015 - by Arit Udoh
Alibaba, the China-based e-commerce firm, has offered its male users up to £525 in exchange for their sperm... [Read More]

Gay parents blocked from leaving Thailand with surrogate baby
27 July 2015 - by Julianna Photopoulos
A male same-sex couple have been stuck in Thailand with their baby daughter for the past six months, after the surrogate mother refused to allow them to leave the country claiming they are not 'an ordinary couple'... [Read More]





Cutting-edge technology and mitochondrial diseases - where is the limit?
27 July 2015 - by Dr Dusko Ilic
Given the complexity of the technology, costs and risks involved, two recently described mitochondrial 'gene-correction' strategies will probably remain as proof-of-concept studies and are unlikely be of practical use in clinical medicine in the foreseeable future... [Read More]

How old is too old? Age limits for access to assisted reproduction
20 July 2015 - by Associate Professor Hana Konečná
What happens if you ask children what age they would like their parents to be, and should this influence the debate on age limits for assisted reproduction?... [Read More]

Paternal age bioethics: have we missed the point?
13 July 2015 - by Dr Sarah Martins da Silva
Kevin Smith should be applauded for raising awareness of men's biological clocks, but his proposal to 'genetically improve' the human population through sperm banking seems preposterous... [Read More]





TV Review: Great Ormond Street - Fix My Genes
27 July 2015 - by Daniel Malynn
In Great Ormond Street, we meet three families all facing rare genetic immune diseases. The documentary witnesses the utter anguish the families go through and the heartbreaking decisions parents have to make... [Read More]

Book Review: Reproductive Donation
20 July 2015 - by Ëlo Luik
Donor conception continues to mobilise resistance and concern. How, when, under which conditions and by whom reproductive donation should be accessed remains a divisive and controversial issue... [Read More]

Radio Review: DNA's Third Man
20 July 2015 - by Paul Waldron
'Do you know who Maurice Wilkins is?' I put this question to a number of my friends, most of them scientists, and got a series of blank looks. Only one knew who he was, and she had a degree in the history and philosophy of science... [Read More]

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