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Matters of safety in human cloning
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Matters of safety in human cloning
2 April 2001 - by Juliet Tizzard
Although political victories should never be taken for granted, us Brits might be feeling a bit pleased with ourselves lately for seemingly sorting out the legal issues surrounding human cloning in the UK. But for our American readers, the political battle might just be about to start. This week's BioNews... [Read More]
Deafness to be treated with stem cells
2 April 2001 - by BioNews
A scientist at the University of Sheffield believes that stem cell transplants for some deaf people could be attempted within the next three to five years, perhaps allowing them to hear again. Professor Matthew Holley says that transplants of embryonic stem cells in experiments on mice have showed some restoration... [Read More]
Early puberty gene discovered
2 April 2001 - by BioNews
Scientists in America have discovered a gene that they believe might double the chances of girls reaching puberty early, thought to be one possible reason for an increased risk of breast cancer. It was reported at the American Association for Cancer Research annual meeting in New Orleans that nearly all... [Read More]
Do blondes have more fun?
2 April 2001 - by BioNews
People with blonde hair are being called for a study designed to show whether blondes really do have more fun and why. A team of scientists at Edinburgh University hope to discover why people have different colour hair and how it might affect them. They want blondes of all ages... [Read More]
Human cloning to be banned in the US?
2 April 2001 - by BioNews
Hearings opened at the US Congress last Wednesday looking at evidence on the possibility of cloning humans. Lawmakers in the US now say they are considering formally banning human cloning after hearing evidence that the technology might produce abnormal babies and would be 'reckless and irresponsible' to undertake. An official... [Read More]
Stem cells can rebuild heart muscle
2 April 2001 - by BioNews
Two teams of scientists have made independent breakthroughs using stem cells to repair cardiac muscles damaged by heart attacks. They have shown in experiments on mice that heart muscle can repair after injections of stem cells. The stem cells used in the experiments were derived from the bone marrow of... [Read More]
Genetic databases given Lords' support
2 April 2001 - by BioNews
A report published by the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee strongly supports the Medical Research Council and Wellcome Trust proposal for a voluntary UK population database containing the genetic details of 500,000 men and women. To be known as the UK Population Biomedical Collection, the database will also... [Read More]

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