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Do we have a right to know our genetic parents?
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Do we have a right to know our genetic parents?
26 July 1999 - by Juliet Tizzard
This week's BioNews includes news from the UK that the government is planning to put an end to sperm and egg donor anonymity. The news has been greeted with a considerable amount of concern, particularly from infertility clinics and patients worried that a change in the law will mean a... [Read More]
Selected biotech news
26 July 1999 - by BioNews
PPL Therapeutics, the Scottish biotechnology company where Dolly the sheep was cloned, has bred two transgenic sheep using a new technique called gene targeting. The lambs - called Cupid and Diana - have a human gene in their DNA allowing them to produce human proteins in their milk that could be used... [Read More]
First baby for mum born of IVF
26 July 1999 - by BioNews
Medical history was made when one of Britain's first babies born as a result of in vitro fertilisation (IVF) gave birth to a healthy baby in May after becoming probably the first IVF girl to conceive naturally. Natalie Brown, 17, is the sister of Louise Brown who became the world's... [Read More]
Quality guidelines for US fertility clinics
26 July 1999 - by BioNews
The Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published guidelines last week for maintaining quality control in US fertility clinics. The model certification program can be used by individual states for inspecting and certifying laboratories. Certification by states is voluntary and each state may choose to implement its own programme... [Read More]
Anonymity for sperm donors under threat
26 July 1999 - by BioNews
Health ministers are looking at ways of giving children born as a result of donated gametes the legal right to track down their biological parents. The government has confirmed that it will publish a consultation paper in the autumn on what information should be given to children born of sperm... [Read More]
Pain sensitivity has genetic basis
26 July 1999 - by BioNews
Researchers at Johns Hopkins and the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) report that much human sensitivity to pain - and the varied response people have to opiate pain medicine - has a genetic basis. It seems that many of the differences in pain perception are likely to be due to variations... [Read More]

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