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Issue 852 (23 May 2016)

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Comment

The 14-day rule for human embryonic research in the UK
23 May 2016 - by Dr Calum MacKellar
Prohibiting what is useless and legalising what becomes useful in embryonic research without any in-depth ethical consideration may be pragmatic, but such an approach is ultimately just as irrational and meaningless as the concept of the human embryo's 'special status'... [Read More]
Podcast: The Birds, the Bees and Fertility Treatment - A Sting in the Tale?
23 May 2016 - by Sandy Starr
Should (in)fertility be a part of secondary school education? If so, then how we should we - and how shouldn't we - go about teaching it?... [Read More]

News Digest

Stem cell study suggests mitochondrial donation might not be 100 percent effective
23 May 2016 - by Dr Rosie Gilchrist
A study has identified a potential problem with mitochondrial donation, an IVF technique that aims to prevent the transmission of faulty mitochondria from mother to child... [Read More]
Fertility specialists warn against unnecessary, expensive treatments
23 May 2016 - by Lone Hørlyck
A number of fertility specialists have raised concerns over private clinics offering expensive 'add-on' treatments to patients, sometimes without sufficient evidence of their effectiveness... [Read More]
Rare mutation may protect against heart disease
23 May 2016 - by Rachel Reeves
A rare genetic mutation reduces the risk of having a heart attack by one-third, a study has found... [Read More]
Scientists pick out nose genes
23 May 2016 - by Amina Yonis
Researchers have discovered four genes that play a part in determining the shape of people's noses... [Read More]
Scientists hold 'secret' meeting on creating synthetic human genome
23 May 2016 - by Arit Udoh
A group of scientists has been criticised for holding a high-level, behind-closed-doors meeting to discuss a project to synthesise a complete human genome within ten years... [Read More]
Myriad: Patients seek right to access personal genetic information
23 May 2016 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza
Myriad Genetics has been hit by a complaint filed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) on behalf of four patients who are seeking a right of access to all their genetic information held by the company... [Read More]
Controversial Italian fertility specialist denies stealing woman's eggs
23 May 2016 - by Rikita Patel
A controversial Italian fertility doctor has been arrested after being accused of taking a woman's eggs without her consent... [Read More]
Single father wins surrogacy human rights ruling
23 May 2016 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza
A senior High Court judge has ruled that UK law discriminates against single parents with children born through surrogacy who are seeking parental orders, and that current UK law in this area runs against their human rights... [Read More]

Reviews

Event Review: Surrogacy in the 21st century – rethinking assumptions, reforming law
23 May 2016 - by Daniel Malynn
The wheels of reform in the area of surrogacy law are slowly getting in motion, a conference in London heard this month... [Read More]

 

 

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