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Issue 870 (26 September 2016)

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Parenthood following treatment with donor sperm
26 September 2016 - by Anest Mathias
In April 2009 the parenthood provisions of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008 came into force. This governs parenthood following the use of donor gametes, including sperm... [Read More]
Testing, Testing 1, 2, 3: PGS and PGD
26 September 2016 - by Dr Nicoletta Charolidi
There was a captivating debate around the emerging genetic choices, legal framework and ethical issues from the use of PGS (pre-implantation genetic screening) and PGD (pre-implantation genetic diagnosis) at this event produced by the Progress Educational Trust (PET)... [Read More]

News Digest

Obesity gene is no barrier to weight loss
26 September 2016 - by Hannah Somers
People carrying a gene variant linked to weight gain can benefit from weight-loss programmes just as much as those without it, research from Newcastle University has shown... [Read More]
Smoking can leave epigenetic changes on DNA for 30 years
26 September 2016 - by Dr Ashley Cartwright
Research has found that smoking can leave long-lasting epigenetic changes on the genome... [Read More]
Gene therapy could prevent breast cancer from spreading
26 September 2016 - by Ebtehal Moussa
A new gene therapy technique using microRNAs has successfully prevented the spread of breast cancer in mice... [Read More]
Funding for IVF in England 'bleak'
26 September 2016 - by Lone Hørlyck
Thirteen Clinical Commissioning Groups are considering making cuts to IVF funding, potentially removing the procedure on the NHS in some areas... [Read More]
National gene bank opens in China
26 September 2016 - by Ayala Ochert
China has opened a national gene bank that could ultimately be the world's biggest, eventually housing 300 million genetic samples... [Read More]
Woman wrongly listed as a child's mother following IVF
26 September 2016 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza
An Australian woman has been wrongly listed as the biological mother of a child born following IVF treatment... [Read More]
Swedish scientist edits genomes of healthy human embryos
26 September 2016 - by Anneesa Amjad
A scientist in Sweden has become the first to edit genes in healthy human embryos... [Read More]


TV Review – Fertility & Me
26 September 2016 - by Dr Kimberley Bryon-Dodd
The One Show's Alex Jones explores her own fertility and looks at the emotional and financial costs of IVF, while also examining the technological and medical advances that may help more people become parents in the future... [Read More]



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