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No legal solution to personal conflict
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No legal solution to personal conflict
1 October 2003 - by Juliet Tizzard
This week's BioNews reports on news that two women have lost a legal challenge to the use of their embryos without the consent of their former partners. Natallie Evans and Lorraine Hadley want to use the frozen embryos to try for their own babies even though their former partners - the... [Read More]
Sex selection would not alter gender ratio
25 September 2003 - by BioNews
A new study has shown that if sex selection for non-medical reasons was allowed in either the UK or Germany, gender ratios in those countries would not become imbalanced. A team of German researchers asked more than 1000 members of the UK public and a similar number of Germans what... [Read More]
Ethics body reports on personalised medicines
25 September 2003 - by BioNews
The UK's Nuffield Council on Bioethics has published a report on the ethical and policy issues surrounding pharmacogenetics: the use of tests to match medicines to a person's genetic make-up. It concludes that although such tests may significantly improve the quality of patient care, it is still unclear how quickly... [Read More]
UK Biobank outlines ethics plans
26 September 2003 - by BioNews
UK Biobank this week outlined a new Ethics and Governance framework for its massive data-gathering exercise. The project aims to build a major research resource to improve prevention, diagnosis and treatment of illness by following, they hope, half a million volunteers aged 45-69 for many years. Volunteers' test results... [Read More]
Ralph, the fertile cloned rat unveiled
29 September 2003 - by BioNews
A team of French scientists have become the first to successfully clone rats from adult cells, further increasing the number of mammals that have been cloned in this way. One of the clones, named Ralph, has gone on to father a litter of healthy pups, now two months old. The... [Read More]
Unfertilised monkey eggs yield stem cells
29 September 2003 - by BioNews
US scientists have harvested embryo-like stem cells from unfertilised monkey eggs, a development that could lead to an alternative source of stem cells for research into disease treatments. The researchers, based at the Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in North Carolina, used a process known as parthenogenesis to trigger... [Read More]
Dog genetic code revealed
29 September 2003 - by BioNews
Scientists unveiled a rough draft of the dog genome last week, data that will help identify the genes involved in canine disorders, as well as shedding light on human diseases such as cancer, epilepsy and narcolepsy. The dog DNA sequence, published in Science last week, is freely available, although it... [Read More]
Court rules that embryos cannot be used without consent
1 October 2003 - by BioNews
The UK High Court has ruled today that Natallie Evans and Lorraine Hadley cannot use their stored frozen embryos without the consent of their former partners. The women appeared in the High Court in June this year, asking Mr Justice Wall to prevent the destruction of their stored embryos, created... [Read More]

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