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Is the law still coping after 25 years of IVF?
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Is the law still coping after 25 years of IVF?
21 July 2003 - by Dr Kirsty Horsey
This Friday sees the 25th anniversary of the birth of the world's first IVF baby, Louise Brown. In that period, many developments have been made in terms of IVF and related research - particularly into 'spin-offs' of the IVF procedure such as cloning, embryo stem cell research and embryo screening. Because... [Read More]
Gene affects risk of depression
21 July 2003 - by BioNews
How well people cope with stressful experiences such as divorce or unemployment is partly down to variations in a single gene, according to a new study by researchers based in the UK, US and New Zealand. The scientists, who published their findings in last week's Science, found that different versions... [Read More]
'Saviour sibling' is a perfect tissue match
21 July 2003 - by BioNews
This week sees more good news for Michelle and Jayson Whitaker, the British couple who were refused permission by the UK's Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) to use embryo screening (PGD) to provide a bone marrow donor for their sick son. The Whitakers, who travelled to Chicago for the... [Read More]
Second success for UK gene therapy trial
21 July 2003 - by BioNews
A second patient in a gene therapy trial taking place at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London has been successfully treated, his parents and doctors announced last week. Christopher Reid, now two years old, received gene therapy for the immune system disorder X-linked severe combined immune deficiency (X-SCID) in December... [Read More]
Scientists support stem cell research
21 July 2003 - by BioNews
Scientists representing 12 different countries have worked together to create a new organisation which will advance scientific collaboration on stem cell research. The aim of the International Stem Cell Forum (ISCF) is to coordinate, generate and share new insights into fundamental cell biology and developmental processes, develop cell-based treatments to... [Read More]
Cancer patients' sperm lost following freezer fault
21 July 2003 - by BioNews
A refrigeration fault at the fertility clinic at Southmead Hospital, Bristol, UK, has meant that frozen sperm samples from 28 cancer patients have been lost. The samples had all been taken during the past year, before the men underwent cancer treatment that was likely to make them infertile. All 28... [Read More]

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