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Issue 846 (11 April 2016)

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Pre-pubertal ovarian tissue preservation – are we pushing the boundaries too far?
11 April 2016 - by Dr Edgar Mocanu
Oncofertility services allow some women to cryopreserve oocytes, embryos or ovarian tissue in order to protect their ability to have a family when faced with malignancy and adjuvant therapy. However, to date, fertility cryopreservation had very little to offer young, pre-pubertal girls... [Read More]
PET goes round the bend
11 April 2016 - by Sarah Norcross
BioNews is having to make some changes... [Read More]
Identity, disability and the genome
11 April 2016 - by Dr Felicity Boardman
My research on families living with the genetic disorder Spinal Muscular Atrophy calls into question some of the assumptions underlying the belief that genetic disease is, inherently and by its very definition, a trait to be avoided... [Read More]

News Digest

Gene therapy given green light in Europe
11 April 2016 - by Rebecca Carr
A gene therapy for children with a rare but life-threatening genetic disorder that severely weakens the immune system has been recommended for approval by the European Medicines Agency... [Read More]
Blood vessel gene linked to both stroke and dementia
11 April 2016 - by Dr Barbara Kramarz
A gene called FOXF2 has been linked to small vessel disease in the brain, a condition associated with a higher risk of stroke and dementia... [Read More]
Sunscreens may interfere with sperm function
11 April 2016 - by Arit Udoh
The ultraviolet-filtering ingredients in sunscreen products interfere with the normal function of human sperm when applied to a sperm-containing solution in the lab... [Read More]
55-year-old becomes Britain's oldest mother of triplets
11 April 2016 - by Dr Linda Wijlaars
A 55-year old woman from Boston, England, has become Britain's oldest mother of triplets... [Read More]
CRISPR can't cut it against HIV
11 April 2016 - by James Brooks
Scientists testing whether the CRISPR genome-editing technique could effectively kill HIV in infected cells have found that, while the approach works in most cases, it can also cement the virus's presence... [Read More]
'Ginger gene' raises melanoma risk independently of sun exposure
11 April 2016 - by Rikita Patel
The gene responsible for red hair raises the risk of melanoma whether or not people spend a long time in the sun, a study says... [Read More]
Second Chinese team create genetically modified human embryos
11 April 2016 - by Ayala Ochert
A second team in China report that they have created genetically modified human embryos, in an attempt to make them resistant to HIV, using the genome-editing technique CRISPR/Cas9... [Read More]
President of the Family Division criticises IVF clinic and lawyers
11 April 2016 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza
The President of the Family Division, Sir James Munby, has criticised as 'insensitive' the handling of a claim brought by the biological mother of twins who was the victim of an administrative error at a fertility clinic... [Read More]


Event Review: Health data - better care or privacy nightmare?
11 April 2016 - by Ari Haque
This discussion stayed too safe. Panellists came equipped with relevant case studies and analogies to demonstrate their opinions, but did not challenge each other or the audience as much as they could have... [Read More]



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