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Issue 926 (13 November 2017)

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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]

News Digest

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]
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]
Sick boy gets healthy new skin with genetically-altered stem cells
13 November 2017 - by Paul Waldron
A boy with a rare skin disease has been successfully treated by replacing most of his skin with grafts of stem cells modified by gene therapy. [Read More]
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]
New prenatal DNA test for Down's syndrome is more accurate and cheaper
13 November 2017 - by Dr Barbara Kramarz
A new prenatal screening method for Down's syndrome, Edwards syndrome and Patau syndromes is safer, more reliable and cheaper than existing approaches, a study has found... [Read More]
UK waits for law reform after genetic mother ineligible for legal parenthood
13 November 2017 - by Sean Byrne
A woman has been denied legal parenthood of her surrogate-born child because she is single, despite being the genetic mother... [Read More]

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