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A quarter of human genes have been entirely neglected by research
24 September 2018 - by Dr Loredana Guglielmi
Of the human genome's 20,000 or so genes, about 2000 have received almost all the attention of biomedical researchers... [Read More]
Frequent sex – not abstinence – is better for sperm quality
24 September 2018 - by Christie Whitehouse
Sperm quality and pregnancy outcomes in IVF may be improved with frequent ejaculation, a new study suggests... [Read More]
Home DNA test kits should come with a warning, says HFEA
24 September 2018 - by Rachel Siden
The UK's Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority is urging companies that offer direct-to-consumer DNA testing to provide more comprehensive warnings to customers. [Read More]
It's a bumper harvest – but what about consent?
24 September 2018 - by Dr Anna Smajdor
In the wake of a recent Mail on Sunday article, one might wonder if there are grounds for moving from a small-scale subsistence-type approach to the harvest, to a more industrial approach. No, we are not talking about vegetables here, but… sperm... [Read More]
Battle-worn: Setting up a multi-centre, randomised, controlled trial in the UK
17 September 2018 - by Professor Roy Homburg and Dr Albert Opoku
Why has clinical evidence on IVF 'add-ons' not been forthcoming?... [Read More]
How do we make genomics everybody's business?
10 September 2018 - by Alexander Ware
This Progress Educational Trust/Genomics England event concerned the imminent completion of the 100,000 Genomes Project, and the upcoming launch of the new national NHS Genomic Medicine Service... [Read More]
TV Review: One Day that Changed My Life (Episode 5, Series 3) – BBC One
24 September 2018 - by Henry Raikes
The very wording of the title of the BBC documentary series 'One Day That Changed My Life' gives any observer an idea of the tone of the programme they are about to watch. Drama and suspense seem to dominate as each episode weaves in and out of the stories of four individuals and their attempts to overcome various obstacles and achieve a certain goal... [Read More]
Book Review: Towards a Professional Model of Surrogate Motherhood
10 September 2018 - by Dr Kirsty Horsey
What is a 'professional model' of surrogacy? The title of this book intrigued me before I had even turned a page... [Read More]
Radio Review: Biohacking – BBC Radio 4
10 September 2018 - by Alexander Ware
Recent programmes like Biohacking are what help Radio 4 maintain its place atop my ranking of BBC media outlets. I think I'd pay the license fee for it alone... [Read More]