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Issue 901 (22 May 2017)

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Australia upholds the ban on sex selection: a partial victory in an ongoing struggle
22 May 2017 - by Dr Tereza Hendl
Australia recently saw important developments in the field of assisted reproductive technologies, as the National Health and Medical Research Council released its revision of the Part B of the Ethical Guidelines on the Use of Assisted Reproductive Technology in Clinical Practice and Research. Among other topics, this section is concerned with the regulation of sex selection... [Read More]
If you could alter the characteristics of future generations, would you do it?
22 May 2017 - by Dr Peter Mills
The Nuffield Council on Bioethics is seeking views on the reproductive uses of genome editing in humans. Regular readers of BioNews will know that genome editing (including with the CRISPR-Cas9 technique) offers a way of making precisely targeted modifications to DNA in living cells, harnessing the cells’ inbuilt repair mechanisms to repair a deliberate, double-stranded DNA break in a way that may either disable or introduce a functional DNA sequence... [Read More]
Donation is a hot topic
22 May 2017 - by Sarah Norcross
Last week we published the 900th edition of BioNews, we used this landmark achievement to put out a call for donations but many of you may have missed this as there was so much reaction to a piece we published on donor conception by Professor Guido Pennings... [Read More]

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Synthetic 3D-printed ovaries help infertile mice have pups
22 May 2017 - by Anna Leida
Fully functional 3D-printed ovaries have been successfully implanted in mice for the first time - enabling them to have offspring... [Read More]
Gene therapy success in age-related macular degeneration trial
22 May 2017 - by Dr Kimberley Bryon-Dodd
A small, preliminary clinical trial has demonstrated safe and well-tolerated gene therapy to treat wet age-related macular degeneration... [Read More]
100-year-old method to flush fallopian tubes may cut need for IVF
22 May 2017 - by Dr Katie Howe
Flushing the fallopian tubes of infertile women with poppyseed oil increases their chances of conceiving, according to a new study... [Read More]
Blood stem cells produced in the lab for the first time
22 May 2017 - by Paul Waldron
In two different studies, US scientists have succeeded in creating the stem cells which produce blood... [Read More]
Herbal remedy extracts may stop sperm drilling into eggs
22 May 2017 - by Rachel Reeves
Two plant chemicals used in folk medicines block a key step in fertilisation, and may provide a potential alternative to hormone-based contraceptives... [Read More]
Resistance to severe malaria identified in gene variants
22 May 2017 - by Dr Molly Godfrey
A gene variant which gives protection against the most dangerous form of malaria has been identified... [Read More]
Gene therapy heals severe bone breaks
22 May 2017 - by Marcia Costa
A new method combining stem cell and gene therapy with ultrasound and microbubbles has demonstrated an efficient way to heal severe bone fractures... [Read More]
Daughter wins right to sue father's doctors in confidentiality case
22 May 2017 - by Jennifer Willows
A woman whose father has Huntington’s disease has won the right to sue his doctors for negligence, for failing to tell her... [Read More]
Ancestry owns genetic information of customers and their relatives
22 May 2017 - by Jennifer Willows
Customers of Ancestry's consumer DNA tests may be unaware of what they have signed away, a US lawyer has suggested... [Read More]


Book Review: Telling and Talking about Donor Conception with People Aged 17 and Over - A Guide for Parents
22 May 2017 - by Susan Tranfield
Olivia Montuschi's revised 'Telling and Talking' booklet aims to guide parents of donor conceived children aged 17 or over through the delicate process of disclosure... [Read More]



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