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Issue 813 (03 August 2015)

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Reform of UK surrogacy laws: the need for evidence
03 August 2015 - by Professor Eric Blyth, Dr Marilyn Crawshaw and Dr Patricia Fronek
Given the complexity of surrogacy practice, we have become concerned that many 'reform' arguments are based on alleged matters of fact: a dangerous state of affairs... [Read More]
My mark's down to my genes, Professor
03 August 2015 - by Professor Darren Griffin
A recent report on the heritability of exam results was a well written, clear and robust study in a highly socially relevant area, but a danger lies in how the results could be misinterpreted... [Read More]

News Digest

Epigenetic variation predicts post-natal depression
03 August 2015 - by Dr Linda Wijlaars
Epigenetic variation can predict the risk of post-natal depression symptoms in women without a history of depression, researchers from the UK and US have found... [Read More]
Japan allows egg donation from strangers
03 August 2015 - by Ayala Ochert
Two women in Japan have received eggs from donors who are strangers – the first time this has happened in the country, following approval by an ethics committee earlier this year... [Read More]
There are five types of prostate cancer, say scientists
03 August 2015 - by Kirsty Oswald
Researchers have found that prostate cancer can be divided into five subgroups with distinct genetic fingerprints... [Read More]
Computer model suggests age 'to start trying for a family'
03 August 2015 - by Ruth Retassie
Researchers have developed a mathematical model for determining what age women should start trying to conceive... [Read More]
Genetic variants linked to start of Huntington's symptoms
03 August 2015 - by Dr Victoria Burchell
A genome-wide study of over 4000 people with Huntington's disease has identified the location several new gene variants that influence the onset of disease symptoms... [Read More]
Scientists use CRISPR to edit immune cell DNA
03 August 2015 - by Lubna Ahmed
Researchers have successfully used the technique CRISPR/Cas 9 to cut and paste genes into T-cells of the immune system... [Read More]
Dr Howard Jones, IVF pioneer, dies at 104
03 August 2015 - by Ayala Ochert
Dr Howard W. Jones, a pioneer of IVF in the United States, has died at the age of 104... [Read More]




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