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Gutter press on surrogacy
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Gutter press on surrogacy
24 September 2001 - by Juliet Tizzard
It's not often that I get mad about a newspaper article. You expect mistakes to creep into articles about science. You even expect a little bit of sensationalism when it comes to discussing controversial issues. But one article in this week's Daily Mail was unusually vitriolic. Mary Riddell, a regular... [Read More]
Genetic disorder passed on by sperm donor
24 September 2001 - by BioNews
A sperm donor may have passed on a genetic disorder to 43 children born as a result of his donation to a London clinic. According to a single report in the Sunday Times, one child is known to be affected. The child's mother underwent artificial insemination at the now-closed Hallam... [Read More]
Panel makes stem cell recommendations
24 September 2001 - by BioNews
After a two-year enquiry, an Australian parliamentary panel has made recommendations on how the country should regulate stem cell research. Six of the ten panel members voted for fairly permissive legislation, which would allow scientists to derive stem cells from embryos donated by IVF patients, provided the necessary consent was... [Read More]
Father of triplets defends use of surrogacy
24 September 2001 - by BioNews
A single man has caused the latest surrogacy controversy by using an American surrogate to carry children for him. Donor eggs were fertilised with 54-year old Ian Mucklejohn's sperm and implanted into the woman, who gave birth to triplets earlier this year. Mr Mucklejohn brought the baby boys to... [Read More]
Awards for British scientists
24 September 2001 - by BioNews
Professors Martin Evans and Robert Edwards have both been awarded an Albert Lasker Medical Research Award, often known as the 'American Nobel Prize'. Martin Evans, of Cardiff University, was given the Basic Medical Research prize for his work into gene targeting, or the creation of 'designer mice' and other animals... [Read More]
Science and art
24 September 2001 - by BioNews
The newest portrait at the National Portrait Gallery in London, commissioned jointly by the Wellcome Trust, is a DNA portrait of geneticist Sir John Sulston. The portrait is by Marc Quinn, the young artist who became famous for his sculpture 'Self', which was made from his own deep-frozen blood. Sulston... [Read More]

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