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Is surrogacy really so bad?
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Is surrogacy really so bad?
31 May 1999 - by Juliet Tizzard
Last week, Britain's most famous surrogate mother gave up her involvement in surrogacy arrangements. Kim Cotton, who shot to fame in 1985 for being the first British woman to publicly act as a surrogate mother for money, has given up the fight to make surrogacy an acceptable practice by resigning... [Read More]
Dolly may be older than her years
31 May 1999 - by BioNews
Dolly the cloned sheep could be genetically older than her years, according to follow-up research carried out by the Roslin Institute and its commercial arm PPL Therapeutics, where Dolly-style cloning was developed. Dolly may look like a three year old ewe, but the tips of her chromosomes - called telomeres - show... [Read More]
Dietary supplement could help subfertile men
31 May 1999 - by BioNews
A dietary supplement called proXeed is being marketed by a US company as a non-prescription fertility aid that can help improve sperm quality. With up to 40 per cent of conception problems believed to be related to poor sperm quality, Sigma-Tau Consumer Products hopes to target their citrus flavoured drink... [Read More]
First male clone for Hawaii researchers
31 May 1999 - by BioNews
Researchers at the University of Hawaii, who developed the first mouse clones last year using the Honolulu Technique, have reported the successful production of male mouse clones. Their report appears in the June issue of Nature Genetics. To date, all mammal clones produced from adult somatic cells are female, as... [Read More]
Surrogacy scam
31 May 1999 - by BioNews
A tabloid investigation uncovered an illegal surrogacy business last week. Undercover Mirror journalists discovered a couple offering £10,000 in cash to fertile women willing to become surrogate mothers. It is also understood that the couple offer a commission to anyone who introduces them to potential surrogates. These activities are clearly... [Read More]
Gene therapy for heart bypass patients
31 May 1999 - by BioNews
A new gene therapy technique could increase the chances for heart bypass patients. Reporting in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, heart specialists in a Massachusetts hospital and colleagues at Stanford University in California have used high levels of pressure to force antisense DNA into blood vessel cells... [Read More]
New biotech regulation for UK
31 May 1999 - by BioNews
The British government announced its decision last week to change the way in which biotechnology developments are regulated. Two new strategic bodies will be set up to oversee the work of 17 committees involved in bioscience regulation - a Human Genetics Commission, replacing the existing Human Genetics Advisory Commission, will advise... [Read More]

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