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Menopause test is good news for women
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Menopause test is good news for women
21 June 2004 - by Juliet Tizzard
British researchers have, this week, announced the development of a new test which could tell women when they are likely to reach the menopause. Scientists already know that the women reach the menopause at a remarkably variable age because the number of egg follicles - set whilst still in their mother's... [Read More]
Newcastle team may start embryo cloning
15 June 2004 - by BioNews
Scientists from Newcastle University in the UK are hoping to gain approval for a licence to clone human embryos for stem cell research into diabetes, according to the UK's Observer newspaper. The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) is considering the application from the International Centre for Life, having already... [Read More]
Cloning clinic for London?
15 June 2004 - by BioNews
According to an article in the UK's Sunday Times newspaper, maverick fertility doctor Panos Zavos will open a clinic in central London this summer, where he will offer consultations to infertile couples about the use of reproductive cloning. Last year, Zavos made unsubstantiated claims that he had transplanted a cloned... [Read More]
Bush continues to defend his position on stem cells
16 June 2004 - by BioNews
Despite calls from members of both political parties in the US House of Representatives and Senate, as well as celebrities and the Reagan family, President Bush has no plans to change his policy on human embryonic stem (ES) cell research. Recently, cross-party groups - 206 members of Congress and 58 from... [Read More]
An alternative to ovarian tissue freezing
16 June 2004 - by BioNews
Canadian doctors have reported a new method for preserving the fertility of women undergoing cancer treatment, which they say offers an alternative to embryo and ovarian tissue freezing. In a recent letter to the Lancet medical journal, the team describe the removal of immature eggs from the ovaries of young... [Read More]
New test could predict onset of menopause
17 June 2004 - by BioNews
Researchers have discovered a way of predicting the start of the menopause. The technique, developed by Dr Hamish Wallace, lead researcher at Edinburgh University's Department of Reproductive and Developmental Science, and Dr Thomas Kelsey, a computer scientist from the University of St Andrews, promises women a chance to plan their... [Read More]
Older women advised not to delay fertility treatment
18 June 2004 - by BioNews
A study, published in the advance online edition of the journal Human Reproduction this week, warns women that the availability of assisted reproduction techniques cannot compensate for 'waiting too long to start a family'. Women who delay trying to have their first child until they are 35 and then find... [Read More]
Louisiana no closer to cloning legislation
18 June 2004 - by BioNews
In the latest twist in the cloning debate in the US state of Louisiana, amendments to a bill that would ban all forms of human cloning have been rejected by the Senate because of what is seen to be 'conflicting' language. The bill (SB 873, sponsored by Senator Arthur Lentini... [Read More]
High throughput stem cells
18 June 2004 - by BioNews
Stem cells are notoriously hard to grow outside the body, but a new use of miniaturisation and robotics brings finding optimum growth conditions a step closer. The new research, which borrowed high throughput 'chip' techniques from genetics, focused on making epithelial cells from human embryonic stem (ES) cells. It is... [Read More]
Genes affect response to cholesterol-lowering drugs
18 June 2004 - by BioNews
Genes can affect a person's response to statins, drugs used to lower blood cholesterol levels, say US researchers. Researchers at the Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston say their study shows that knowledge about the interaction between genes and drugs is growing 'in leaps and bounds'. Their findings, published in... [Read More]
Embryo research licence fees to increase
21 June 2004 - by BioNews
Researchers are concerned that embryo research is under threat from a proposed steep rise in the fees required to undertake such work, the Scientist magazine reports. The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA), which licenses all work carried out on human embryos in the UK, is consulting about its proposals... [Read More]

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