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Stem cells and the race for the White House
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Stem cells and the race for the White House
23 August 2004 - by Dr Jess Buxton and Dr Kirsty Horsey
Embryonic stem (ES) cell research is becoming a hot topic in the US presidential campaign. While president Bush claims that he supports the research, he has placed restrictions on the use of ES cells by federally-funded scientists. Despite increasing pressure on him to change the policy, he is sticking to... [Read More]
Embryo gene tests do no harm
20 August 2004 - by BioNews
Carrying out genetic tests on embryos appears to have no effect on the health of the resulting children, according to a new US study. Scientists at three institutes pooled their data on all PGD babies born during the past 12 years, a total of 754. The research, reported in the... [Read More]
Gene test for cleft lip and palate?
20 August 2004 - by BioNews
A new genetic test could allow doctors to identify people at risk of having a second child with a cleft lip or palate. Researchers at the University of Iowa in the US found that variations in a particular gene are linked to a three-fold increased risk of the condition recurring... [Read More]
Same-sex couples to get better access to fertility treatment
20 August 2004 - by BioNews
Gay and lesbian couples in the UK will get easier access to fertility treatments following a review of the existing law governing the area, it is reported. The 1990 Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act is currently under review by the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee, whose comments will... [Read More]
More evidence of genetic basis for cot death
20 August 2004 - by BioNews
Genetic mutations that affect vital body functions are linked to an increased risk of cot death, a new US study shows. Researchers at the Rush University Medical School in Chicago studied DNA from 92 babies who had died of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), and 92 healthy babies. They looked... [Read More]
Germany reacts to UK cloning decision
20 August 2004 - by BioNews
The chairman of Germany's National Ethics Committee (NEC), Spiros Simitis, has said that the German parliament (Bundestag) should reconsider national laws on cloning for research purposes. Several members of the independent committee, which advises the German government on ethical issues in the life sciences, are in favour of loosening the... [Read More]
Stem cell research news
23 August 2004 - by BioNews
Canadian scientists report that they have identified insulin-producing stem cells in the adult mouse pancreas, a finding they say offers hope for people with diabetes. Team leader Simon Smukler called the discovery 'very exciting', since scientists have been searching for pancreatic stem cells for some time. The researchers, based at... [Read More]

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