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Issue 677 (15 October 2012)

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What Gurdon and Yamanaka's Nobel Prize means to the stem cell community
15 October 2012 - by Dr Dusko Ilic
It took 50 years for the Nobel committee to acknowledge one of the key developments in biology... [Read More]
Whose family is it anyway?
15 October 2012 - by Stevienna de Saille
In 'Whose Sperm is it Anyway?', Dr Anna Smajdor writes that the law should not be changed to require spousal consent for the donation of sperm. While I do not disagree with this assertion, we should perhaps not be so quick to dismiss the claim for gametes as 'marital assets' solely because of the terms upon which it is based... [Read More]

News Digest

US bioethics panel urges privacy protection in new era of genome sequencing
15 October 2012 - by Dr Louisa Petchey
Whole genome sequencing is getting faster and cheaper but the huge healthcare benefits this data promises must be balanced by policies that protect patient privacy, says a report by the President's Commission of Bioethics in the USA... [Read More]
Prostate cancer blood test that 'reads genetic changes like a barcode' trialled successfully
15 July 2013 - by Julianna Photopoulos
Scientists have developed a 'barcode' blood test that reads genetic changes to pick out the most aggressive prostate cancers... [Read More]
Set adrift: gene mutation can stop sperm from swimming
15 October 2012 - by Chris Baldacci
A gene mutation has been associated with sperm motility and production, offering new insights into male infertility.... [Read More]
Formula developed to predict a woman's chances of pregnancy
15 October 2012 - by Dr Rachael Panizzo
A mathematical model has been developed that predicts the probability that a couple will become pregnant... [Read More]
Trial opens to test Alzheimer's prevention in genetically at-risk patients
15 October 2012 - by Dr Nicola Davis
Up to three experimental drugs will be trialled to determine if they can be used to prevent the development of Alzheimer's disease... [Read More]
Stem cells safely transplanted into brains of patients with rare neurological disease
15 October 2012 - by Joseph Jebelli
Scientists have successfully implanted human neural stem cells into the brains of children with a rare neurological disorder... [Read More]
Reversible gene expression gets the blue light
15 October 2012 - by Dr Lucy Spain
Using blue light as the trigger, scientists have developed a laboratory technique to control where and when genes are expressed within cells... [Read More]
Genes linked to cholesterol levels identified
15 October 2012 - by Maria Sheppard
Twenty-one genes linked with cholesterol and other fat levels in the blood have been identified by a consortium of over 180 researchers worldwide.... [Read More]


TV Review: Win a Baby
15 October 2012 - by Daniel Malynn
'Win a Baby' follows the trials and tribulations of Camille Strachan, a former City worker and model, who plans to launch the UK's first IVF lottery. Unlike many documentaries where the maker's own thoughts are thrust in front of anyone else's, the commentary is fairly neutral, allowing viewers space to form their own opinions... [Read More]



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