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BRCA screening could prevent 1000 cases of breast cancer a year
13 November 2017 - by Dr Loredana Guglielmi
Researchers have introduced new criteria to screen for BRCA gene mutations that could prevent more than 10,000 cases of cancer and save more than 2000 lives in the next decade... [Read More]
Canadian scientists call for end to criminal ban on germline genome-editing
13 November 2017 - by Rachel Siden
Members of Canada's Stem Cell Network have called for the country to re-examine its laws banning genome editing research on the human germline... [Read More]
FDA to streamline path for direct-to-consumer genetic testing
13 November 2017 - by Jamie Rickman
The US Food and Drugs Administration has further deregulated direct-to-consumer genetic health risk tests, meaning that some will be approved for market without a pre-market review... [Read More]




FILM: Life after Death - A Woman's Victory in Having Her Deceased Husband's Children
13 November 2017 - by BioNews
This film documents a Progress Educational Trust/University of Sheffield event which marked 20 years since widow Diane Blood won the legal right to conceive a child using the sperm of her deceased husband... [Read More]
Why germline genome editing may be discriminatory
13 November 2017 - by Dr Calum MacKellar
On the 20th anniversary of the of the 1997 European Convention on Human Rights and Biomedicine (Oviedo Convention), the Council of Europe Committee on Bioethics organised an international conference entitled ‘Relevance and Challenges’ last month in Strasbourg, France... [Read More]
Embryo adoption in the US: Any lessons for the UK?
06 November 2017 - by Dr Lucy Frith, Dr Steve Lui and Professor Eric Blyth
Once a couple or individual has finished their fertility treatment, the question of what to do with any remaining frozen embryos is often perceived as a difficult decision. There are, broadly, four options to choose from... [Read More]




TV Review: Inside Out London - Eggs on ice
06 November 2017 - by Eleanor Taylor
As a 33-year-old single woman, who also happens to work in a fertility clinic, babies are unsurprisingly never far from my mind. I spend a lot of time wondering whether I should freeze my eggs. A lot... [Read More]
Event Review: Manchester Science Festival - Reproduction 2.0
30 October 2017 - by Laura O'Donovan
Almost forty years have passed since the 1978 birth of Louise Brown – the first IVF baby – launched a revolution in reproductive medicine resulting in over 250,000 births in the UK alone... [Read More]
Book Review: Bioinformation
16 October 2017 - by Ryan Ross
Since 2011, Polity Books has published a number of books in its 'Resources Series', which have focused on subjects like diamonds, oil and timber. Yet its forthcoming volume marks something of a shift, for its focus is bioinformation... [Read More]

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