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IVF and cerebral palsy: don't panic
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IVF and cerebral palsy: don't panic
11 February 2002 - by Juliet Tizzard
News this week that children born as a result of IVF treatment are at a higher risk of developing cerebral palsy might have caused some panic amongst patients and parents of IVF children, particularly if they read some of the newspaper headlines. But the study should not cause alarm. As... [Read More]
Study suggests IVF children at greater risk of cerebral palsy
11 February 2002 - by BioNews
A Swedish study in the medical journal The Lancet suggests that IVF children have a higher risk of developing neurological problems, including cerebral palsy. The researchers, led by Bo Stromberg, compared 5,680 children born from IVF with a control group of 11,360 other children. A group of 2,060 IVF twins... [Read More]
Diane Blood pregnant again
11 February 2002 - by BioNews
Diane Blood, the British woman who had a baby after being inseminated with her late husband Stephen's sperm, is pregnant for the second time. After her husband died, two sperm samples were taken from him and stored by the Infertility Research Trust, Sheffield. The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority turned... [Read More]
Artificial wombs created?
11 February 2002 - by BioNews
Two groups of scientists claim that they are making progress in attempts to create 'artificial wombs' in which embryos can be gestated outside of the body, according to a report in the Observer newspaper. A group at Cornell University in New York say that they are experimenting with prototype wombs... [Read More]
Cloned mice die young
11 February 2002 - by BioNews
Japanese scientists, from the National Institute of Infectious Diseases in Tokyo, have issued a report that says that cloned mice do not live as long as ordinary mice. The study, which appears in Nature Genetics, has cast further doubts on the safety of reproductive cloning in animals. The researchers used... [Read More]
New breast cancer gene
11 February 2002 - by BioNews
Scientists from the Queensland Institute of Medical Research claim that they have discovered a gene that may explain 20 per cent of hereditary breast cancer cases. If one of two mutations of the gene, named BRCA3, is inherited by a woman, the scientists have found that she will be up... [Read More]

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