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Baby born from sperm collected 48 hours after father died
20 April 2015 - by Simon Hazelwood-Smith
A baby boy has been born using sperm collected 48 hours after the fathers' death. The healthy child was conceived through IVF after a lengthy legal process in Australia, following the death of the father in a motorcycle accident in 2011.... [Read More]

German grandmother, 65, pregnant with quadruplets
20 April 2015 - by Jessica Ware
A 65-year-old German woman is set to become the world's oldest mother of quadruplets... [Read More]

Most people harbour at least one lethal mutation
20 April 2015 - by Chris Baldacci
Geneticists have estimated that each of us carries an average of one or two lethal, but recessive, genes in our DNA... [Read More]





What's wrong with having a baby at 65?
20 April 2015 - by Dr Irenee Daly
Postmenopausal mothers are often accused of having selfish reasons for having a child. Yet on closer examination, perhaps we need to question the rhetoric that postmenopausal motherhood is always unacceptable.... [Read More]

Prenatal testing, cancer risk and the overdiagnosis dilemma
13 April 2015 - by Dr Ainsley Newson and Associate Professor Stacy Carter
In March, Sequenom revealed that its MaterniT21 non-invasive prenatal test has detected potential cancer in some pregnant women. This is a good thing, right? Women in the prime of their lives receiving information that may catch a cancer early. But, we suggest, it is not this simple. ... [Read More]

Squealing on DNA: the law and secondary uses of genetic information
30 March 2015 - by Professor Nils Hoppe
One of the legally and ethically problematic issues regularly debated in the context of biobanks and tissue repositories is that of its potential for forensic use. When Anna Lindh (the Swedish foreign minister) was murdered in 2003, her killer was subsequently identified by way of matching DNA traces found at the crime scene with data contained on the killer's Guthrie card... [Read More]





Podcast review: Guardian Science Weekly – the UK's genetic structure revealed
20 April 2015 - by Meghna Kataria
This podcast by the Guardian's Science Weekly features an interview with Professor Peter Donnelly from the University of Oxford. As a part of the People of the British Isles project, his team has just mapped the DNA of 2,039 Caucasian Britons from all over rural UK revealing new insights into what it means to be British... [Read More]

Podcast Review: The Naked Scientists - A hundred thousand genomes
13 April 2015 - by Sophie McLachlan
In 2003 the first complete map of the human genome was unveiled and the world was promised a genomics-led revolution in medical science. In spite of this, it was only two years ago that the 100,000 Genomes Project was launched in the UK to sequence 100,000 genomes from NHS patients by 2017... [Read More]

Taj Babies: Exploitation and empowerment in reproductive tourism
13 April 2015 - by Ëlo Luik
Last month BBC Radio 4's Thinking Allowed examined a rather extraordinary invitation: 'See the Taj Mahal by the moonlight while your embryo grows in a petri dish'... [Read More]

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