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CONTENTS Issue #42
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When medicine meets law
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When medicine meets law
25 January 2000 - by Juliet Tizzard
This week's BioNews reports on the story of Patricia Briody, who was turned down in her attempts to receive compensation to cover the costs of surrogacy after a St Helens hospital left her unable to have a child by any other means. Ms Briody has found out the hard way... [Read More]
Seventh baby for grandmother
25 January 2000 - by BioNews
Pat Hollander, a 57 year-old grandmother of ten, is seeking fertility treatment that will enable her to have a seventh child. Her 36 year-old niece has agreed to donate eggs and Mrs Hollander has found a fertility specialist who is willing to give her IVF treatment using her husband's sperm... [Read More]
RCOG Guidelines to limit IVF embryo numbers
25 January 2000 - by BioNews
The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) has issued guidelines for infertility treatments. The guidelines, entitled 'The management of infertility in tertiary care', suggest the need to establish an 'equity of access to treatment' in the fertility service and to develop a National Service Framework to help achieve this... [Read More]
Infertile woman loses surrogacy compensation claim
25 January 2000 - by BioNews
A ruling in the High Court has not allowed Patricia Briody to receive damages to pay for a surrogate child. Patricia Briody was left infertile by the clinical negligence of a St Helens and Knowsley Health Authority hospital 26 years ago, when two pregnancies ended in stillborn children and an... [Read More]
Sperm wars
25 January 2000 - by BioNews
Scientists have found that the genes involved in the production of sperm have been evolving at a much faster rate than most other human genes. This insight into the evolution of human procreation has been extracted from the DNA data of the federal human genome project. The scientists, from the... [Read More]
Biotech news
25 January 2000 - by BioNews
Glaxo Wellcome and SmithKline Beecham agreed to merge this week, and in doing so, will create the largest pharmaceuticals company in the world, worth over £107 billion, with over 7 percent of the market share. The deal has ended years of competition and rivalry between the two companies and ends... [Read More]
Cloning technique patents granted
25 January 2000 - by BioNews
Patents for nuclear transfer cloning have been granted to the Edinburgh-based researchers who created Dolly the sheep, almost five years after they were filed for by the Roslin Institute. This is thought to be the most significant patenting in the field of therapeutic cloning, a market worth billions of pounds... [Read More]

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