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Fertility doctor in trouble
8 October 2001 - by BioNews
Professor Ian Craft, the director of the London Gynaecology and Fertility Centre, London, is facing charges of professional misconduct. It is alleged that during a gamete intra-fallopian transfer (GIFT) procedure, he placed sperm and eggs into the wrong fallopian tube of a woman undergoing treatment, leading to a painful miscarriage... [Read More]
Gene link to speech and language
8 October 2001 - by BioNews
Scientists from the Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics in Oxford and the Institute of Child Health in London have identified a gene linked to the disruption of speech and language development. The genetic link may show why some people suffer from particular language impairments. Professor Anthony Monaco from the... [Read More]
Scientists map Black Death
8 October 2001 - by BioNews
British scientists have decoded the genetic sequence of the bacteria that causes Black Death, otherwise known as the plague. The discovery may lead to the production of a vaccine or treatments for the disease, which still affects people around the world today and is viewed as a potential weapon for... [Read More]
Dolly technique used to clone endangered sheep
8 October 2001 - by BioNews
Scientists have managed to successfully clone a mouflon lamb, the first time that an attempt to clone an endangered species has been successful. Other attempts have resulted in a live birth but this has been followed by premature death of the offspring. The European Mouflon is a rare breed of... [Read More]
HFEA may take months on PGD decision
8 October 2001 - by BioNews
The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) has said that it will give careful consideration to a request made by the parents of Zain Hashmi, a two-year old boy with beta thalassaemia. The couple have asked that they be allowed to select embryos created by IVF in order to have... [Read More]
Genetics watchdog to consult patients
8 October 2001 - by BioNews
Following the publication of the Human Genetics Commission's (HGC) first annual report last week, it was also announced that a consultative panel is to be set up which will contain approximately 100 people affected by a genetic disorder. The panel will include not only patients, but also relatives and carers... [Read More]
Is it wrong to have a 'spare parts' child?
8 October 2001 - by BioNews
Since news of the Hashmi family broke in the UK last week, various commentators have offered their pearls of wisdom on the issue of having a baby in order to find a bone marrow match for an existing child. One main worry seems to have emerged: motive. Some commentators have... [Read More]

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