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Chemotherapy patient challenges NHS fertility preservation funding refusal
14 April 2014 - by Cait McDonagh
A Crohn's disease patient is challenging a decision to refuse her funding for her eggs to be cryopreserved before she undergoes a bone marrow transplant and chemotherapy... [Read More]

DNA ages faster in disadvantaged boys
14 April 2014 - by Chris Baldacci
Children from poor backgrounds who have an unstable family life have shorter telomeres - the tips of chromosomes that prevent damage - according to a small study... [Read More]

Gene manipulation achieves organ regeneration in live mice for first time
14 April 2014 - by Dr Lucy Freem
Turning on a single gene can regenerate the thymus in elderly mice, causing the immune system organ to double in size and make more white blood cells... [Read More]





Too many fertility clinics fall short when it comes to counselling
14 April 2014 - by Ruth Wilde and Sophia Parsons
The British Infertility Counselling Association recently collaborated with Infertility Network UK on a short survey to get a snapshot of the patient experience of counselling in licensed centres. The results reveal some worrying findings about both the offer and provision of counselling from clinics... [Read More]

Weight loss to improve fertility outcomes: how far should we go?
14 April 2014 - by Amanda Jefferys
Weight loss improves both fertility and reproductive outcomes, and weight management medications and surgery are more effective than lifestyle interventions in achieving significant weight loss. Can infertility be considered a medical condition associated with obesity?... [Read More]

Knowing your donor: How can we best recruit and keep donors?
07 April 2014 - by Dr Ruth Curson
Sadly, there are currently not enough egg and sperm donors in the UK to meet our needs. Recipients are now seeking alternative routes to find donors, either by travelling abroad or from unregulated internet sites: both with the potential for unwanted consequences... [Read More]





TV Review: Dead Famous DNA
14 April 2014 - by Chee Hoe Low
Although this show jumped to conclusions about what the DNA of famous people could tell us, its ridiculous premise was amusing enough to keep viewers entertained... [Read More]

Radio Review: The Life Scientific - Professor Veronica van Heyningen
07 April 2014 - by Amy Reed
In this week's episode of The Life Scientific, presenter (and physicist) Professor Jim Al-Khalili interviews the recently retired geneticist and discoverer of the PAX6 gene, Professor Veronica van Heyningen.... [Read More]

Event Review: The Compatibility Gene
31 March 2014 - by Barbara Czub
Professor Daniel Davis began his lecture at the Royal Institution by introducing 'the compatibility genes', the DNA components that vary the most from person to person. Unlike many of us would expect, these genes are not responsible for features such as skin or hair colour. This engaging lecture tells their story.... [Read More]

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