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Issue 837 (01 February 2016)

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Meeting Mary Warnock
01 February 2016 - by Dr Kirsty Horsey and Dr Sue Avery
Last November, we accepted an invitation to have coffee and a chat with Mary Warnock. We had no real brief – we just looked forward to a tour through her life and her thoughts on what she had done for the world of assisted reproduction... [Read More]

News Digest

French surrogate in court for defrauding couple
01 February 2016 - by Ana Ilic
A woman is on trial in France on charges of defrauding two same-sex couples who had hired her as a 'surrogate'... [Read More]
CRISPR corrects mutation that causes blindness
01 February 2016 - by Kulraj Singh Bhangra
Researchers have used the CRISPR/Cas9 genome-editing technique to correct a genetic mutation that causes blindness... [Read More]
UK scientists seek trial of 'mitochondria-boosting' IVF technique
01 February 2016 - by Ryan Ross
UK fertility doctors are seeking permission to trial a new IVF treatment that involves transferring additional mitochondria into egg cells before fertilisation... [Read More]
Genetic study gives insight into schizophrenia
01 February 2016 - by Helen Robertson
A gene involved in managing the connections between brain cells appears to be associated with an increased risk of developing schizophrenia... [Read More]
Scientists create monkey with 'autism gene'
01 February 2016 - by Dr Julia Hill
A Chinese laboratory has created genetically modified monkeys that show symptoms of autism... [Read More]
Painkillers during pregnancy reduce fertility of offspring in rats
01 February 2016 - by Fiona Ibanichuka
Scientists have discovered that the use of painkillers during pregnancy in rats may reduce the fertility of their offspring... [Read More]
Genetic test 'could predict IVF success'
01 February 2016 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza
Researchers from the UK and the Netherlands have identified a 'genetic signature' in the womb that could help explain repeated IVF failure in some women.... [Read More]
HFEA grants permission to genetically edit human embryos
01 February 2016 - by Ayala Ochert
The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority has granted the first licence to a UK researcher to edit the genomes of human embryos... [Read More]


Video Review: Talking Biopolitics – A conversation with Paul Knoepfler and Nathaniel Comfort
01 February 2016 - by Dr Rebecca Dimond
An author and a science historian host an online discussion on the promise and perils of the 'science of designer babies'... [Read More]



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