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Who's the daddy?
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Who's the daddy?
3 March 2003 - by Juliet Tizzard
This week's BioNews reports on the recent High Court ruling that the biological father in the case of the IVF embryo mix-up is also the legal father. This might sound like common sense until the facts of the case are made clear. Mr and Mrs A have two children, twin... [Read More]
US gene therapy trials set to resume
3 March 2003 - by BioNews
Most US gene therapy trials that use viruses to deliver genes to bone marrow cells should be allowed to continue, Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advisors decided at a meeting held last Friday. Gene therapy trials for X-linked severe combined immune deficiency (X-SCID) were suspended in the US and several... [Read More]
Double helix turns 50
3 March 2003 - by BioNews
Last week saw the fiftieth anniversary of the discovery of the DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) double helix. On Saturday 28th February 1953, James Watson and Francis Crick told customers drinking at The Eagle pub in Cambridge that they had found 'the secret of life'. Their work, along with that of Rosalind... [Read More]
Late babies down to dad?
3 March 2003 - by BioNews
The timing of a baby's birth could be influenced by the father's genetic make-up, according to a new study of prolonged pregnancies. Researchers at the University of Aarhus in Denmark found that women who had an unusually long pregnancy were less likely to have a subsequent overdue baby if they... [Read More]
Biological father is legal father in IVF mix-up
3 March 2003 - by BioNews
A senior High Court judge has ruled that a black man is the legal father of mixed-race twins born to a white couple after a the wrong man's sperm was accidentally used in IVF treatment. Last year, genetic tests established that the white woman who gave birth to the twins... [Read More]
Diane Blood has human rights success
3 March 2003 - by BioNews
Diane Blood, the British woman who made legal history by fighting for three years to have a baby by being inseminated with her late husband Stephen's sperm, has had success in her latest legal challenge. Mrs Blood has two children conceived by sperm taken from her husband when he was... [Read More]
Bill banning cloning passed in US
3 March 2003 - by BioNews
The US House of Representatives voted - after three hours of 'sometimes testy debate' - 241-155 last week to pass a bill that would ban both human reproductive cloning and the cloning of embryos for use in medical research, including stem cell research. The bill, sponsored by Republicans Dave Weldon and... [Read More]

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