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No surprise that gay couples go abroad for IVF
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No surprise that gay couples go abroad for IVF
24 July 2000 - by Juliet Tizzard
So the gay fathers, Tony Barlow and Barrie Drewitt, are moving to America. Despite their moralising about the couple, the British media will no doubt be sad to see them go. For Barlow and Drewitt have provided them with a great story for news and for commentary. From their new... [Read More]
More babies for gay dads
24 July 2000 - by BioNews
Tony Barlow and Barrie Drewitt, the UK's first gay surrogate fathers, confirmed last week they are expecting more babies. 'We are pregnant with more than one child, but I cannot say more than that at the moment' said Mr Drewitt. The babies will be the biological brothers or sisters of... [Read More]
Liver cells from bone marrow
24 July 2000 - by BioNews
UK scientists have shown that bone marrow stem cells, already known to be the precursors of blood cells, can also give rise to adult liver cells. Their findings, published in last week's Nature, have implications for research into new treatments for patients with diseased or damaged livers. 'We may be... [Read More]
US anti-GM campaign launched
24 July 2000 - by BioNews
A coalition of US consumer and environmental groups launched a national campaign last week, aimed at stopping food companies from using genetically modified (GM) ingredients. 'This is going to be the first sort of sustained effort on the European model', said Philip E Clapp of the National Environmental Trust, one... [Read More]
New gene therapy committee members appointed
24 July 2000 - by BioNews
Five new members have been appointed to the UK Gene Therapy Advisory Committee (GTAC), announced Yvette Cooper, the Minister for Public Health, last week. GTAC was formed in 1993, to oversee the ethical aspects of gene therapy clinical trials, and to advise the government on developments in gene therapy research... [Read More]
US universities forge deals with genetics company
24 July 2000 - by BioNews
Three more US universities have signed up for access to Celera Genomic's gene databases, announced the US company last week. The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, the University of Cincinnati and Ohio State University join Harvard and Vanderbilt University as academic subscribers to Celera's version of the human genome... [Read More]

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