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Issue 824 (19 October 2015)

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Comment

10 years since the end of donor anonymity – have we got it right?
19 October 2015 - by Sarah Norcross
The Progress Educational Trust and the National Gamete Donation Trust are organising a joint event to mark 10 years since the end of donor anonymity in the UK... [Read More]

News Digest

Genome analysis shows Ebola can be sexually transmitted
19 October 2015 - by Dr Julia Hill
Traces of Ebola virus RNA have been found in the semen of survivors up to nine months after infection, genome analysis has revealed... [Read More]
Trial of stem-cell therapy in the womb to begin
19 October 2015 - by Dr Jane Currie
Researchers have announced the first clinical trial of stem-cell therapy for fetuses still in the womb, as a treatment for brittle bone disease... [Read More]
Fracking chemicals linked to reduced sperm count
19 October 2015 - by Lone Hørlyck
Prenatal exposure to chemicals used in fracking for oil or natural-gas operations may affect sperm count later in life, a new study performed on mice suggests... [Read More]
CRISPR could make animal-to-human organ transplant safer
19 October 2015 - by Jessica Richardson
Researchers say that the gene-editing technique CRISPR/Cas9 could be used to increase the safety of organ transplantation from pig to human... [Read More]
Court orders contact between girls and sperm donor
19 October 2015 - by Chee Hoe Low
A UK High Court judge has ordered that the biological father of a teenage girl can maintain indirect contact with her, despite her opposition... [Read More]
Planned Parenthood to stop accepting compensation for fetal tissue
19 October 2015 - by Rebecca Carr
The US reproductive healthcare provider Planned Parenthood has announced it will no longer accept payments for the fetal tissue it makes available for research... [Read More]
India moves to curb commercial surrogacy
19 October 2015 - by Kirsty Oswald
India looks poised to introduce surrogacy legislation following several developments that could lead to a blanket ban on commercial surrogacy... [Read More]

Reviews

Book Review: The Genealogy of a Gene - Patents, HIV/AIDS and Race
19 October 2015 - by Darius Khalid
This book is an impressive examination of the CCR5 gene, which provides a carefully detailed interdisciplinary understanding involving biochemistry, genetics and biotechnology, as well as the historical and contemporary aspects of patenting and intellectual property laws... [Read More]
Theatre Review: Photograph 51
19 October 2015 - by Daniel Malynn
Making her triumphant return to the London stage after 17 years, Nicole Kidman stars as Rosalind Franklin, the scientist whose pioneering work led to the discovery of the double-helix structure of DNA... [Read More]

 

 

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