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Issue 831 (07 December 2015)

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Comment

Aspirin is no wonder drug for fertility
07 December 2015 - by Richard Kennedy
The 'wonder drug' aspirin has proven benefits in cardiac disease and stroke, and it is increasingly thought to have a role in cancer prevention, but its wider use in support of infertility and assisted reproduction is controversial... [Read More]
What should we do about surrogacy in the UK?
07 December 2015 - by Dr Kirsty Horsey
The results of the Surrogacy UK survey are in. Following an unprecedented response, the overwhelming message is that surrogacy law in the UK needs to be reformed... [Read More]

News Digest

Epigenetic changes in sperm linked to obesity in offspring
07 December 2015 - by Jessica Richardson
Danish researchers have identified that weight gain and loss can result in different epigenetic markers in sperm, suggesting a possible explanation for why children of obese fathers are more prone to obesity themselves... [Read More]
Gene influences ability to quit smoking
07 December 2015 - by Julianna Photopoulos
A gene involved in the brain's reward system has been found to affect people's ability to quit smoking, according to a new study... [Read More]
Poland to cut state IVF funding
07 December 2015 - by Dr Rosie Gilchrist
The newly elected conservative government in Poland plans to cut state funding for IVF, two years after the scheme was introduced... [Read More]
BRCA1 link to Alzheimer's disease
07 December 2015 - by Chris Hardy
Scientists have identified a link between the product of the BRCA1 gene, variants which can cause breast and ovarian cancer, and Alzheimer's disease... [Read More]
Summit agrees genome editing to proceed, with caution
07 December 2015 - by Dr Jane Currie
An international summit has agreed conditions under which human genome editing, using techniques like CRISPR, should proceed... [Read More]
US court refuses Sequenom appeal for prenatal test patent
07 December 2015 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza
The US federal court of appeals has declined to rehear arguments on the patentability of a prenatal blood test, saying that it remains bound by the Supreme Court to determine the claims as non-patentable... [Read More]

Reviews

Radio Review: Newshour Extra - Editing the Human Genome
07 December 2015 - by Rhys Baker
This 50-minute radio broadcast provides an 'appetiser' on CRISPR and the ethics surrounding genome editing... [Read More]
TV Review: Jodie Marsh is Making Babies
07 December 2015 - by Lone Hørlyck
This documentary shows that assisted reproduction is a huge and real business. Unfortunately, it does so without asking the necessary critical and ethical questions that would make it genuinely worth watching... [Read More]

 

 

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