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A stage of development which, in humans, lasts from nine weeks after fertilisation until birth.

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Fetal brain gene blueprint scoured for autism clues

07 April 2014 - by Dr Naqash Raja

A map showing where different genes are turned on and off in the fetal human brain has been published in the hope it will give important clues about the origins of disorders... [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]

Out-of-court settlement for girl conceived with abnormal donor sperm

03 February 2014 - by Nina Chohan

A London fertility clinic has settled a claim over a 4-year-old girl who was born with a genetic defect after a mix-up in the sperm used in her conception... [Read More]

Maternal blood test for Down's syndrome to be trialled in UK

04 November 2013 - by MarĂ­a Victoria Rivas Llanos

A new method for prenatal testing for Down's syndrome will be tried out at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children (GOSH), London.... [Read More]

Self-renewing stem cells could be 'infinite source' of liver and pancreas cells

14 October 2013 - by Greg Ball

Large-scale production of liver and pancreas cells is becoming a possibility, as scientists have developed a cell culture method allowing stem cells to grow in the laboratory... [Read More]

TV Review: The Midwives - Old Mum, Young Mum

02 September 2013 - by Daniel Malynn

This episode of the BBC's 'The Midwives' documented some of the varying difficulties experienced by older and younger mothers... [Read More]

Book Review: Reproductive Politics - What Everyone Needs to Know

19 August 2013 - by Jennie Bristow

For anyone with an interest in reproductive healthcare, 'Reproductive Politics: What everyone needs to know' is a treasure trove of information and insight. This accessible, short(ish) book manages to cover everything from abortion and contraception to assisted reproductive technologies, childbirth, breastfeeding and disability... [Read More]

Radio Review: Inside the Ethics Committee - Assisted Conception and Disability

12 August 2013 - by Daniel Malynn

Joan Bakewell presents the case of Rosemary, a 36-year-old woman with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome undergoing IVF... [Read More]

Indian surrogate mothers underpaid, unprotected in an unregulated industry

29 July 2013 - by Ari Haque

Indian surrogate mothers are frequently underpaid and insufficiently cared for, a report from an Indian charity claims. The Centre for Social Research in New Delhi says there is little protection for surrogates in a growing industry without an adequate legal framework... [Read More]

Event Review: How Do Stem Cells Grow?

15 July 2013 - by Anna Cauldwell

Can you grow an organ in the lab? Can you grow new cells to replace diseased ones? Embryonic stem cells have the potential to grow into any cell in the body, but how is the cell type determined?... [Read More]

Obese women almost one-third less likely to have a baby due to 'abnormal womb environment'

11 July 2013 - by Siobhan Chan

Obese women have a much lower chance of having a baby than those with a normal BMI when using a donated egg, according to a study of almost 10,000 women... [Read More]

Maternal blood test for Down's syndrome has 'major advantages'

10 June 2013 - by James Brooks

A test using only a blood sample taken from a pregnant woman is more reliable than current checks in indicating the likelihood of Down's syndrome, say researchers... [Read More]

Irish Government to appeal landmark surrogacy ruling

10 June 2013 - by James Heather

The Irish Government is to appeal a recent court ruling that allowed the genetic mother of twins born to a surrogate to be listed as their legal mother on their birth certificates... [Read More]

Stroke patients improve after stem cell treatment

03 June 2013 - by James Heather

Five stroke patients in a stem cell therapy trial have shown improvements in their symptoms, according to interim results... [Read More]

Event Review: It's All in the Genes - Medical Genetics in Obstetrics and Gynaecology

28 May 2013 - by David O'Rourke

Medical genetics has changed how we think about diagnosis and treatment in almost every field of medicine. At an evening event hosted by the Royal Society of Medicine (RSM), medical genetics teamed up with obstetrics and gynaecology to explore the impact of genetics on the diagnosis of ovarian and breast cancer.... [Read More]

Human embryonic stem cells created via cloning

20 May 2013 - by Dr Rosie Morley

Embryonic stem cells have been created from human skin cells for the first time by US scientists using a cloning technique... [Read More]

Unbroken news: non-invasive prenatal testing

07 May 2013 - by James Brooks

I know what they say about yesterday's news and today's fish and chip paper but what I'm about to tell you is six months old and still a little way off as a headline... [Read More]

Prolific private sperm donor arrested on charges of sexual assault

07 May 2013 - by Ari Haque

A man who claims to have fathered 49 children as a private sperm donor has been arrested on suspicion of sexual assault... [Read More]

Motor neurone disease stem cell trial advances to next phase

22 April 2013 - by Matthew Young

A neural stem cell therapy aimed at treating the symptoms of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is set to advance in the USA, after the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) gave its approval for it to proceed to the next stage of clinical trials... [Read More]

New Zealand needs a genuinely pro-choice approach to prenatal screening

25 March 2013 - by Dr Colin Gavaghan

Being a bioethicist in the Antipodes is becoming a dangerous business these days. Just over a year ago, the publication, by two Australian academics, of a paper exploring the acceptability of 'post-birth abortion' led to media furore, hate mail and even death threats to the authors... [Read More]

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