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Issue 882 (19 December 2016)

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Human embryo research – the need for a more democratic approach
19 December 2016 - by Giulia Cavaliere
It's not enough to just talk about the benefits of extending the 14-day rule, we must also consider the views of those who believe that human embyros are persons... [Read More]
The Warnock Report and the 14-day rule
19 December 2016 - by Dr Cathy Herbrand
Baroness Mary Warnock was the first speaker at this year's Progress Educational Trust Annual Conference. She is best known for The Warnock report, which was written more than 30 years ago and has shaped legislation in the UK and around the world... [Read More]

News Digest

House of Lords debates UK surrogacy law reform
19 December 2016 - by Ryan Ross
The government has welcomed a House of Lords debate on surrogacy law reform, promising to consider whether the statute needs to be updated... [Read More]
Gene therapy 'reverses ageing' in mice
19 December 2016 - by Sarah Gregory
Gene therapy can reverse the effects of ageing in mice, researchers claim... [Read More]
More women get tested for breast cancer genes thanks to 'Angelina Jolie effect'
19 December 2016 - by Anastassia Bolotkova
Angelina Jolie's 2013 public announcement that she has the BRCA1</i> breast cancer gene led to a 64 percent increase in women seeking genetic testing for breast cancer... [Read More]
UK approves mitochondrial donation babies
19 December 2016 - by Annabel Slater
The UK has become first country in the world to formally approve the creation of IVF embryos through mitochondrial donation... [Read More]
First baby born using ovary frozen before puberty
19 December 2016 - by Dr Rosie Gilchrist
A 24-year old has become the first woman to give birth after a transplant of ovarian tissue that was taken before puberty... [Read More]
Tumour gene tests produce conflicting results
19 December 2016 - by Isobel Steer
A study has cast doubts on the reliability of 'liquid biopsies' – blood tests that detect tumour mutations and are increasingly used to guide treatment... [Read More]




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