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Why is PGD for tissue typing only not allowed?
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Why is PGD for tissue typing only not allowed?
5 August 2002 - by Juliet Tizzard
News this week that the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) has turned down an application for preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) and tissue typing has bemused many people. Why has the HFEA denied the Whitakers access to the procedure when it was happy to let the Hashmi family go ahead... [Read More]
Mature mouse eggs produced in the lab
5 August 2002 - by BioNews
A team of Japanese scientists has successfully matured mouse eggs in the laboratory, opening up the possibility of preserving the fertility of young female cancer sufferers. The research team, led by Izuho Hatada, took very early eggs from mouse fetuses and were able to mature them and use them to... [Read More]
Stem cells from bone marrow could save sight
5 August 2002 - by BioNews
Stem cells found in bone could be used as a treatment for many kinds of blindness, according to scientists in the United States. The team, at the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California, found that if they injected particular stem cells into the eyes of mice with a genetic... [Read More]
Explanation for fertility clinic mix-up revealed
5 August 2002 - by BioNews
A senior family judge has announced that the white woman who gave birth to black twins is the biological mother of the children. Dame Elizabeth Butler-Sloss, who made the statement after a private hearing of the case, confirmed that sperm, rather than embryos, had been mixed up in the unnamed... [Read More]
Couple refused PGD for tissue typing
5 August 2002 - by BioNews
A couple seeking embryo screening to provide a bone marrow donor for their sick son have been refused access to treatment by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA). Michelle and Jayson Whitaker want to use preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) to have a baby who will be able to donate... [Read More]
Cancer survivor to fight for her embryos
5 August 2002 - by BioNews
A woman is has launched a legal battle to try to prevent the destruction of her embryos, after her ex-partner asked for them to be removed from frozen storage. No longer wishing to become a father, Howard Johnston wrote to the Bath fertility clinic at which the embryos are being... [Read More]

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