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CONTENTS Issue #253
HFEA comes under pressure on 'saviour siblings'
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HFEA comes under pressure on 'saviour siblings'
13 April 2004 - by Juliet Tizzard
This week BioNews reports on another 'saviour sibling' case, which has come to light in the United Kingdom. Joe and Julie Fletcher are hoping to have preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) with tissue typing in order to conceive a child who will be a matched tissue donor for their son, Joshua... [Read More]
Man continues paternity challenge for IVF child
7 April 2004 - by BioNews
A British man has been given leave to appeal to the House of Lords against a ruling made last year, which denied him paternity of a child born to his former partner after IVF treatment. He can now attempt once again to become legally recognised as the child's father. The... [Read More]
New Zealand reviews legal parenthood after ART
7 April 2004 - by BioNews
The issue of parenthood following fertility treatments has also been raised in New Zealand recently, where the Law Commission has published a discussion paper on the subject. In the paper, called 'New Issues in Legal Parenthood', the Commission has called for feedback on whether laws governing parenthood and related matters... [Read More]
Icelandic woman wins genetic privacy case
13 April 2004 - by BioNews
The law used to create Iceland's national genetic database may be unconstitutional, according to a recent ruling by the country's supreme court. In a case brought last November, the court upheld the right of a woman to withhold her deceased father's medical records from the scheme, which is run on... [Read More]
Gene therapy for failing hearts?
13 April 2004 - by BioNews
Gene therapy could soon be used to treat heart failure patients, say US researchers, following their success with human heart cells growing in the laboratory. Scientists at Jefferson Medical College and Duke University used gene therapy to repair damaged heart cells, helping them to beat normally again. The team, who... [Read More]
The human genome and beyond...
13 April 2004 - by BioNews
A year after the unveiling of the completed human genome sequence, geneticists gathered to discuss key areas of 'post-genome' research. The annual meeting of the Human Genome Organisation was held last week in Berlin, Germany. The conference opened with a reminder of the gaps that remain in our understanding of... [Read More]
Another legal fight over UK saviour sibling?
13 April 2004 - by BioNews
A UK fertility doctor says he is prepared to launch a legal challenge on behalf of a couple who want to conceive a 'saviour sibling' for their ill son. Two-year old Joshua Fletcher has Diamond Blackfan anaemia, a rare condition that could be cured with a blood stem cell transplant... [Read More]
Gene clues in asthma and Crohn's disease
13 April 2004 - by BioNews
Swedish scientists have identified two new genes linked to an increased risk of asthma and other breathing problems. Researchers at the Karolinska Institute say that alterations in the GPRA and AAA1 genes, located on chromosome seven, both make proteins involved in the disease. Their findings, published in the journal Science... [Read More]

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