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Issue 867 (05 September 2016)

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Online banking for UK sperm donors
05 September 2016 - by Dr Kamal Ahuja, Dr Meheranghiz Minbattiwalla, Ms Toyin Jegede
The notion persists that sperm donation in Britain limps ahead in a state of perpetual crisis: difficulties at the much vaunted national sperm bank, imports of donor sperm flooding in from Denmark, and UK donors terrified of disclosing their identity. Yet nothing could be further from the truth... [Read More]

News Digest

One-fifth of genomics papers flawed due to Microsoft Excel
05 September 2016 - by Rikita Patel
Around one-fifth of scientific papers involving genomic data contain errors caused by the default settings in Microsoft Excel, according to a study... [Read More]
Moderate drinking may not affect female fertility
05 September 2016 - by Annabel Slater
Drinking fewer than 14 servings of alcohol per week does not affect female fertility, according to a new study... [Read More]
Bioethical framework for human-animal embryo research proposed
05 September 2016 - by Anneesa Amjad
A prominent bioethicist in the USA has suggested that most of the ethical concerns surrounding the creation of animal-human chimera embryos using human pluripotent stem cells could be reasonably addressed... [Read More]
Fourteen genes predict cancer response to therapy
05 September 2016 - by Meetal Solanki
A major study into cancer has uncovered fourteen genes which could predict how a patient will respond to tumour treatments, particularly chemotherapy and radiation... [Read More]
Alcoholism linked to impulse-control enzyme in brain
05 September 2016 - by Lone Hørlyck
A recent study has identified lower levels of an enzyme related to impulse control in the brain during alcohol dependence... [Read More]
US sperm donor admits he misled sperm bank
05 September 2016 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza
A US man who fathered more than 30 children by sperm donation has reportedly admitted that he lied about his background to a sperm bank, which is currently being sued by the parents of one of the children conceived with his sperm... [Read More]
The Francis Crick Institute opens in London
05 September 2016 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza
The first scientists have moved into the new building for the Francis Crick Institute, located next to St Pancras station in central London... [Read More]


TV Review: My Amazing Twin
05 September 2016 - by Isobel Steer
My Amazing Twin offers a thought-provoking look at both the scientific and the personal side of type 1 neurofibromatosis... [Read More]



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