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Issue 855 (13 June 2016)

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Surrogacy in Australia – a missed opportunity
13 June 2016 - by Stephen Page
A parliamentary inquiry into surrogacy laws in Australia has just reported its recommendations, but they don't go far enough and the country is likely to remain the world's largest exporters of intended parents... [Read More]

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Mitochondrial donation is safe, study suggests
13 June 2016 - by Dr Özge Özkaya
An extensive study examining human embryos created using mitochondrial donation has demonstrated that the technique does not adversely affect embryo development... [Read More]
US lab attempting to grow pig embryos with human pancreases
13 June 2016 - by Dr Jane Currie
Scientists have used CRISPR to create part-pig, part-human embryos in an attempt to grow human organs for transplant... [Read More]
NIH announces genomic data sharing initiative
13 June 2016 - by Kulraj Singh Bhangra
The US National Institutes of Health has announced a new initiative that encourages the sharing of genomic and clinical data among researchers across the world... [Read More]
Olympian Greg Rutherford freezes sperm to avoid Zika
13 June 2016 - by Ayala Ochert
British athlete Greg Rutherford has frozen a sample of his sperm ahead of the Rio Olympics this summer because of concern over the Zika virus... [Read More]
Personalised medicine leads to better cancer outcomes
13 June 2016 - by Rachel Reeves
Genetic sequencing leading to targeted treatment significantly improves cancer patient outcomes in early-stage clinical trials, according to a study... [Read More]
Acute myeloid leukaemia made up of 'at least 11 subtypes'
13 June 2016 - by Amina Yonis
A study on the blood cancer acute myeloid leukaemia has shown which combinations of mutations lead to the most aggressive forms of the disease and revealed a complicated picture at the genetic level... [Read More]
France allows export of dead man's sperm
13 June 2016 - by James Brooks
A Spanish woman has been allowed to have her dead husband's cryopreserved sperm transported from France to Spain despite a French ban on the exportation of gametes for posthumous insemination... [Read More]
Scotland expands IVF on the NHS
13 June 2016 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza
Scotland is set to expand the provision of publicly funded IVF, increasing the number of cycles for eligible patients from two to three... [Read More]


TV Review: Panorama – Medicine's Big Breakthrough: Editing Your Genes
13 June 2016 - by Rhys Baker
Over just 30 minutes Fergus Walsh has a lot of ground to cover here without even touching on the ethical debate. Yet, while gene editing may have 'just been made simple', how we respond to these stunning advances is anything but... [Read More]



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