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Issue 875 (31 October 2016)

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Frozen Assets? Preserving Sperm, Eggs and Embryos
31 October 2016 - by Sarah Norcross
The Progress Educational Trust's event on preserving fertility was held in Edinburgh on 25 October... [Read More]
The British Fertility Society – committed to providing good information for patients
31 October 2016 - by Professor Adam Balen
There is a lack of reliable information in the public domain for patients and their families, as well as an array of misleading and confusing information, but the British Fertility Society aims to counter this with impartial advice and information... [Read More]

News Digest

Genome editing using nanoparticle technology treats blood disorder
31 October 2016 - by Sarah Gregory
Researchers have developed a novel genome-editing technology to correct the defective gene that causes the blood disorder beta-thalassemia... [Read More]
Toddlers should be tested for inherited cholesterol disorder
31 October 2016 - by Arit Udoh
Screening toddlers for an inherited cholesterol disorder during routine vaccinations could reduce the risk of heart attacks, a study has suggested... [Read More]
Epigenetic sperm test sheds light on male infertility
31 October 2016 - by Dr Ashley Cartwright
The US start-up Episona has produced an epigenetic sperm test, which it claims can determine whether sperm will produce 'good' or 'poor' quality embryos... [Read More]
'Three-person babies' grow up into healthy teenagers
31 October 2016 - by Georgia Everett
Seventeen children conceived through ooplasmic transplantation have all matured with regular health and cognitive abilities, according to a study... [Read More]
23andMe halts development of next-generation gene sequencing
31 October 2016 - by Kulraj Singh Bhangra
Personal genomics company 23andMe has halted plans to develop next-generation sequencing technology, it has revealed ... [Read More]
National Sperm Bank closed to new donors
31 October 2016 - by Lucas Taylor
The UK National Sperm Bank is no longer recruiting donors, after signing up just eight men in the two years since it opened... [Read More]


Video Review: The DNA Journey
31 October 2016 - by Matthew Thomas
A recent viral advertising campaign about the power of genetic ancestry testing tugs at the heart strings. But the science it invokes may not be all it's purported to be... [Read More]
Event Review: 'Genome editing: an ethical review' launch
31 October 2016 - by Jennifer Willows
The Nuffield Council on Bioethics presented its preliminary report 'Genome editing: an ethical review' in the genteel surroundings of the Royal Geographical Society in South Kensington... [Read More]



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