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CONTENTS Issue #267
Time to resolve the 'saviour siblings' issue
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Time to resolve the 'saviour siblings' issue
20 July 2004 - by Juliet Tizzard
The British media has spent the weekend speculating on a decision expected to be made by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) this week on the vexed issue of 'saviour siblings'. The authority has to decide whether to relax its prohibition on the use of preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD... [Read More]
Gene variation increases risk of diabetes
12 July 2004 - by BioNews
Scientists from the Medical College of Georgia, US, have found a gene variation that intensifies the immune response that causes type 1 diabetes. The discovery, to be published in August's edition of the journal Nature Genetics, may increase the accuracy of neonatal tests that determines the likelihood of a child... [Read More]
New non-invasive prenatal test shows promise
14 July 2004 - by BioNews
A new technique could provide an alternative to invasive pregnancy tests, researchers based in the US and Asia have shown. Using small amounts of fetal DNA present in the mother's blood, they have managed to carry out prenatal tests for the inherited blood disorder thalassaemia. The study appeared in the... [Read More]
HFEA to change its mind on 'saviour siblings'?
19 July 2004 - by BioNews
The UK's Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) is reported to be considering changing its policy on 'saviour siblings' - babies who are able to provide genetically matched cord blood for an existing sick child. The news follows a recent request from the Fletcher family, who are seeking permission to conceive... [Read More]
Gulf war veterans have more fertility problems
19 July 2004 - by BioNews
A study undertaken by researchers at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine has shown that veterans of the 1990-1 Gulf War have a small increased risk of becoming infertile. The researchers, who reported their findings in the British Medical Journal, wanted to examine the theory that exposure... [Read More]
Time to choose the future
19 July 2004 - by BioNews
On 16 July, the UK's Human Genetics Commission (HGC) began a nationwide consultation into the role of genetics in reproductive decision making. The aim of the consultation, entitled 'Choosing the Future', is to gauge the range of public opinion on issues raised by the use of genetic tests in reproduction... [Read More]
Woman conceives IVF baby using dead husband's sperm
19 July 2004 - by BioNews
A British woman is pregnant with her husband's child two years after he died from lung cancer. Diana Scott, who is 44 years old, was implanted with IVF embryos created using her late husband's sperm, which had been in frozen storage since before his death. The couple had been trying... [Read More]
Worldwide search for autism genes begins
19 July 2004 - by BioNews
An international team of 170 scientists has embarked on a search for genes that influence a child's risk of developing autism. The project will study 6000 DNA samples from around 1,200 families affected by the developmental disorder, in order to track down the estimated 15-20 genes thought to be... [Read More]
NIH funds bank for federally approved stem cell-lines
19 July 2004 - by BioNews
The US National Institutes of Health (NIH) has announced the creation of an embryonic stem cell bank and three centres of excellence for stem cells. The move comes amid increasing pressure from the scientific community against President Bush's stem cell policy, which limits the cell-lines available to federally-funded researchers. The... [Read More]
Woman denied IVF because of wrong hair colour
19 July 2004 - by BioNews
A British woman who was participating in an egg sharing scheme in order to help pay for the costs of her own IVF cycle has been told that her treatment has to be delayed because she has the wrong colour hair and eyes. When a woman agrees to egg sharing... [Read More]

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