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Issue 879 (28 November 2016)

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Regeneration of oocytes from discarded genetic material: will this double IVF success rates?
28 November 2016 - by Dr Philip Lewis and Professor Daniel Brison
A major factor limiting the effectiveness of IVF is the availability of high-quality egg cells from a patient. But new research suggests that the use of polar bodies might create two oocytes for the price of one... [Read More]

News Digest

IVF funding: Bedfordshire 1 – Brentwood 0
28 November 2016 - by Ari Haque
Basildon and Brentwood CCG has announced that it will no longer provide fertility treatment, including IVF on the NHS to new patients... [Read More]
Australian woman charged over surrogacy in Cambodia
28 November 2016 - by Ryan Ross
A fertility nurse in Cambodia has been arrested for her involvement in the commercial surrogacy industry, following a recent crackdown by authorities... [Read More]
Stress could trigger heart disease linked to mutation
28 November 2016 - by Dr Özge Özkaya
Gene variants coding for the muscle protein titin cause enlarged hearts in healthy individuals, and stress may trigger carriers to develop heart disease, according to a study... [Read More]
Only half of chromosome is DNA
28 November 2016 - by Dr Rachel Huddart
DNA only accounts for about half of the total volume of chromosomes, as shown by new 3D images of human chromosomes... [Read More]
X chromosome may offer females protection against cancer
28 November 2016 - by Anna Leida
Having two copies of the X chromosome may help explain why females get cancer less often than males, according to new research... [Read More]
Families with genetic diseases support genome-editing research
28 November 2016 - by Lucas Taylor
More than 75 percent of those with a genetic condition, and their family members, support the use of genome-editing technology, a survey has found... [Read More]
Surrogate awarded supervised contact with child
28 November 2016 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza
A surrogate who lost a legal battle to keep her child has been granted supervised contact by the Family Court, although her attempt to regain custody has failed... [Read More]


Video Review: Prenatal Genetic Testing – Making an Informed Decision
28 November 2016 - by Dr Helen O'Neill
When it comes to prenatal genetic testing and screening, informed consent is crucial. These seven videos from the US help patients to understand what's involved... [Read More]



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