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Stem cells and politics in the United States
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Stem cells and politics in the United States
8 March 2004 - by Juliet Tizzard
Anyone who takes an interest in the law relating to embryonic stem (ES) cell research will know how difficult an issue this has been in the United States over the past few years. Since President Bush took office in 2001, ES cell research has started to show real potential for... [Read More]
More bad news for US stem cell researchers
3 March 2004 - by BioNews
Following last week's news that US president George W Bush has 'reshuffled' the council that advises him on cloning and other issues in biomedical research, more bad news has emerged for embryonic stem (ES) cell research in the US. A new document compiled by the US National Institutes of Health... [Read More]
Hope for non-invasive pregnancy test
4 March 2004 - by BioNews
US researchers have developed a new method for testing fetal DNA, which does not involve the use of invasive techniques such as amniocentesis or chorionic villus sampling (CVS). The scientists, based at the biotech company Ravgen, have found a way to increase the amount of fetal DNA that can be... [Read More]
Doubts over stem cell heart treatment
8 March 2004 - by BioNews
The use of blood stem cells to treat heart attack patients shows promise, but can lead to complications, South Korean researchers say. A new study published in the Lancet shows that although the experimental treatment can help repair damaged heart tissue, it also causes side effects in many patients. As... [Read More]
Harvard offers 17 free embryonic stem cell lines
8 March 2004 - by BioNews
In what is being viewed as a further criticism of President Bush's embryonic stem (ES) cell policy in the US, scientists from Harvard University in Boston have announced that they have created 17 healthy and 'scientifically useful' ES cell lines that they will offer for use, free of charge, to... [Read More]
Stem cells from frozen human embryos
8 March 2004 - by BioNews
A team of South Korean researchers have managed to extract embryonic stem (ES) cells from frozen human embryos. The researchers, based at the Maria Infertility Hospital in Seoul, have obtained seven ES cell lines from 20 embryos left over from infertility treatment. The news follows the recent success of another... [Read More]
President's council reshuffle is criticised
8 March 2004 - by BioNews
Adding to the plethora of recent news related to embryonic stem (ES) cell research in the US, President George W Bush is being criticised for the reshuffle of the Council on Bioethics that took place last week. In the reshuffle, Elizabeth Blackburn, a professor of cell biology at the University... [Read More]
Another feather in cap for genome researchers
8 March 2004 - by BioNews
The chicken has joined humans, chimps, rats and mice as the latest animal to have its genetic code laid bare. Made up of around one billion DNA base-pairs (chemical 'letters'), the chicken genome is a third the size of our own. Researchers at the US National Human Genome Research Institute... [Read More]
Canadian Senate approves ART bill
8 March 2004 - by BioNews
A Canadian Senate committee has unanimously passed legislation on assisted reproductive technologies (ARTs) and related matters. Approval by the Senate virtually guarantees that the Assisted Human Reproduction Act - which has been years in the making - will receive Royal Assent and become law. Last October, bill C-13, entitled 'an Act... [Read More]
New study looks at why people stop IVF
8 March 2004 - by BioNews
Many couples undergoing in vitro fertilisation (IVF) treatment give up before they conceive, a new Swedish study suggests. A team at the Sahlgrenska Hospital in Gothenburg surveyed 974 couples who were having IVF, and found that 242 discontinued the treatment. The reasons for dropping out were psychological as well as... [Read More]

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