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Issue 873 (17 October 2016)

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Mitochondrial replacement therapy and the welfare of the child
17 October 2016 - by Dr Mair Crouch
The announcement of the birth of the first child conceived using mitochondrial donation was unforeseen. Nonetheless, in any country regulation should be required to protect the interests of the child... [Read More]
Should the Law Commission take a look at the birth registration system?
17 October 2016 - by Dr Julie McCandless
Birth registration seems to be an increasingly 'unstraightforward' procedure for many. Given the impact that birth registration has on wider society, effective law reform cannot be implemented without asking wider questions about the role and purpose of birth registration in contemporary society, as opposed to piecemeal reform of a system that was designed to meet the needs of the early Victorian era... [Read More]

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Stem cells repair damaged heart muscle in monkeys
17 October 2016 - by Dr Jane Currie
Researchers in Japan have used stem cells from a matched donor to repair damaged heart muscle in macaque monkeys... [Read More]
Gene therapy halts early Alzheimer's disease in mice
17 October 2016 - by Annabel Slater
A new gene therapy has slowed the progress of early Alzheimer's disease in mice... [Read More]
CRISPR success in repairing sickle-cell anaemia mutation
17 October 2016 - by Sarah Gregory
Researchers have used the CRISPR/Cas9 genome-editing technique to correct the mutation that causes sickle-cell anaemia... [Read More]
Vitamins A and C erase cell memory to create stem cells
17 October 2016 - by Dr Rosie Gilchrist
Vitamins A and C help to convert adult cells into stem cells by performing a cell 'reset', erasing their epigenetic memory, a study has found... [Read More]
Mitochondrial donation technique used in Ukraine, doctors claim
17 October 2016 - by Ayala Ochert
Two women in the Ukraine are pregnant with babies conceived through mitochondrial donation as a treatment for infertility, according to a report in New Scientist... [Read More]
Council of Europe rejects surrogacy guidelines
17 October 2016 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza
The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, a human rights organisation, has voted to reject a proposal to introduce international guidelines on surrogacy and children's rights... [Read More]


Event Review: The ethics of uterus transplantation
17 October 2016 - by Dr Nicola Williams
This symposium was organised to facilitate in-depth discussion as well as international and interdisciplinary collaboration between academics and clinicians with an interest in uterus transplantation (UTx), which would allow women who lack a functioning uterus to become pregnant and give birth to their own babies... [Read More]



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