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Issue 810 (13 July 2015)

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Unexplained infertility - inexplicable guidelines
13 July 2015 - by Professor Roy Homburg and Dr Gulam Bahadur
The recommendation in the 2013 NICE guideline to exclude IUI as a treatment option is based on flimsy, and sometimes mistakenly interpreted, evidence... [Read More]
Paternal age bioethics: have we missed the point?
13 July 2015 - by Dr Sarah Martins da Silva
Kevin Smith should be applauded for raising awareness of men's biological clocks, but his proposal to 'genetically improve' the human population through sperm banking seems preposterous... [Read More]

News Digest

Gene therapy for deafness moves closer
13 July 2015 - by Dr Greg Ball
A technique that delivers genes into the inner ears of mice has been used to restore hearing, marking the first time that gene therapy has been successfully used to treat deafness... [Read More]
Time to confront genomics data problem, say scientists
13 July 2015 - by Chris Baldacci
Scientists have warned that the world of genomics is headed for a data bottleneck... [Read More]
RNA findings could diagnose male infertility
13 July 2015 - by Rhys Baker
A test to diagnose male infertility that uses RNA as a biomarker has been developed by researchers in the USA... [Read More]
ASHG warns parents to limit genetic testing
13 July 2015 - by Ceri Durham
The American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) has cautioned against genome-wide genetic testing unless clinically indicated, especially for children... [Read More]
Brain metabolism mediates inherited anxiety
13 July 2015 - by Dr Barbara Kramarz
New research demonstrates that metabolic over-activity in the brain associated with anxiety and depression is passed from parents to children... [Read More]
Ireland: mother of surrogate baby loses maternity benefit case
13 July 2015 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza
The mother of a child born through surrogacy has lost her challenge against a decision to reject her application for paid maternity leave at the Irish High Court... [Read More]


Film Review: The Lion's Mouth Opens
13 July 2015 - by Dr Julia Hill
Julia Hill reviews 'The Lion's Mouth Opens', a moving portrait of Huntington's Disease... [Read More]



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