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The Fertility Show, Manchester Central, 24-25 March 2018


Issue 903 (05 June 2017)

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The conceptual foundation of the right to know one's genetic origins
05 June 2017 - by Professor Vardit Ravitsky, Dr Juliet Guichon, Marie-Eve Lemoine, and Professor Michelle Giroux
In his commentary, Professor Guido Pennings argues there is no empirical evidence to support the assumption that it is in the best interests of children to know that they are donor conceived. We would like to add another layer to the critique, by focusing on the conceptual foundation underlying the right of donor-conceived people to know their genetic origins... [Read More]

News Digest

Baby teeth suggest autism link with lead uptake in womb
05 June 2017 - by Lea Goetz
The risk of developing autism may be affected by mineral exposure in the womb, suggests a study in twins... [Read More]
Drinking tea alters women's epigenetics
05 June 2017 - by Cara Foley
Researchers have found that drinking tea may affect gene expression in women... [Read More]
Cancer-causing effect of common chemical pinpointed
05 June 2017 - by Shaoni Bhattacharya
A common chemical found in household products could increase the risk of cancer by blocking the ability of cells to fix genetic flaws which lead to the disease... [Read More]
CRISPR genome editing may cause unintended mutations
05 June 2017 - by Charlotte Spicer
CRISPR may introduce hundreds of unwanted mutations into the genome, a small study finds... [Read More]
China plans embryonic stem cell trials for Parkinson's and blindness
05 June 2017 - by Emma Lamb
Two teams of doctors in China are to administer embryonic stem cell therapy from fertilised human embryos to treat different degenerative diseases... [Read More]
Dutch woman tracks her sperm donor using DNA bank
05 June 2017 - by Rikita Patel
A donor-conceived Dutch woman, Emi Stikkelman, is the first to find her sperm donor using an American commercial DNA bank... [Read More]
Dutch court rules donor families can test fertility doctor's DNA
05 June 2017 - by Dr Rachel Brown
A court in the Netherlands has ruled that DNA tests can be performed on items belonging to a deceased fertility clinic director accused of using his own sperm for fertility treatments... [Read More]


Radio Review: One to One - Jane Hill meets Caroline Harding
05 June 2017 - by Arit Udoh
The first of two episodes of the One-to-One programme about people from families affected by genetic diseases: exploring the emotional impact of a family member's diagnosis and how relatives decide whether or not to find out if the condition will also affect them... [Read More]



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