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Considering tomorrow's children today
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Considering tomorrow's children today
17 January 2005 - by Dr Jess Buxton
The wellbeing of children conceived using assisted reproduction - and the suitability of their prospective parents - has triggered debate in the UK media this week. First came the launch of the Human Fertilisation Authority (HFEA)'s consultation on the Welfare of the Child, entitled 'Tomorrow's Children', the results of which it... [Read More]
US states going their own way on ES cell research
12 January 2005 - by BioNews
The acting governor of the state of New Jersey has said that he plans to spend $380 million on embryonic stem (ES) cell research. Richard Codey told the state Assembly that New Jersey needs to stay in the forefront of the science in this politically sensitive field. Of the total... [Read More]
IVF success rates from US show age is all important
12 January 2005 - by BioNews
A report published by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that the younger a woman is when she uses assisted reproductive technology (ART), the more likely she is to become pregnant and have a live birth using her own eggs. The report defines ART as procedures... [Read More]
Monkey gene clue to origin of HIV
13 January 2005 - by BioNews
The identification of a crucial genetic difference between rhesus monkeys and humans could help develop new treatments to tackle HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. Scientists based at the National Institute for Medical Research in the UK have pinpointed the key difference between a monkey gene that confers resistance to... [Read More]
HFEA launches welfare of the child consultation
13 February 2005 - by BioNews
The UK's Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) has launched a public consultation on the welfare of children conceived using assisted conception techniques. The 1990 Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act, which governs the provision of fertility treatment, states that before offering treatment, doctors must take account of the welfare of... [Read More]
Gene clue in osteoarthritis
15 January 2005 - by BioNews
A gene crucial for making cartilage could be involved in osteoarthritis, say Japanese researchers. Scientists at the Institute of Physical and Chemical Research (RIKEN) have found that a mutated version of a gene called ASPN is more common in people with osteoarthritis. The disease, which affects more than five per... [Read More]
Baby girl for world's oldest mother
17 January 2005 - by BioNews
A 66-year-old Romanian woman has become the world's oldest recorded mother, after giving birth to a healthy baby girl. Adriana Iliescu, who was 32 weeks pregnant with twins, underwent a Caesarean section after one of the babies died in the womb. The surviving girl, named Eliza Maria, is still... [Read More]
Italy's fertility laws face referendum
17 January 2005 - by BioNews
Italy's highest court has approved a series of referendums on whether parts of its controversial new fertility law should be overhauled. However, the constitutional court rejected calls for a referendum on completely scrapping the law, instead allowing a public vote on some of its elements. These will include rules limiting... [Read More]
Australian politicians asked for sperm
17 January 2005 - by BioNews
An Australian fertility clinic has written to 25 male politicians asking them to donate sperm. Monash IVF clinic in Melbourne, Victoria, has asked all male MPs under the age of 45 if they have 'ever thought of becoming sperm donors'. The clinic's medical director, Gab Kovacs, says he was inspired... [Read More]
South Korea approves embryo cloning research
17 January 2005 - by BioNews
The Ministry of Health and Welfare in South Korea has approved an application for research on human embryonic stem (ES) cells, made by the researchers who last year created the world's first cloned human ES cell-line. Last month, the South Korean parliament finalised guidelines that ban human reproductive cloning, but... [Read More]

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