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Equality, cloning and clonism: why we must clone
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Equality, cloning and clonism: why we must clone
16 May 2005 - by Professor Julian Savulescu
Last week, Professors Julian Savulescu and David Oderberg discussed the ethical issues surrounding human reproductive cloning, in a London debate entitled 'Severino Antinori should not be condemned for pushing back the boundaries of parents' rights to choose'. Both philosophers were asked to present their arguments exclusively for BioNews and have... [Read More]
Gene may trigger depression by affecting fear response
11 May 2005 - by BioNews
A gene variation previously linked to depression and anxiety affects brain regions involved in processing fear and 'dampening' negative emotions, US scientists say. The short version of the serotonin transporter (5-HTT) gene is linked to an increased risk of depression following stress. Researchers at the National Institute of Mental... [Read More]
Icelandic database yields heart attack drug hope
12 May 2005 - by BioNews
Research carried out by Icelandic biotech firm deCODE Genetics suggests that a drug treatment could counter the effects of gene variations that double the risk of heart attack and stroke. Last year, the Reykjavik-based company reported that two versions of a gene called ALOX5AP are linked to an increased risk... [Read More]
Embryo stem cells help treat paralysed rats
13 May 2005 - by BioNews
US scientists have successfully treated rats with spinal cord injuries, using cells derived from human embryonic stem (ES) cells. The team, based at the Reeve-Irvine Research Center at the University of California, Irvine, reports that the cells restored movement in rats treated seven days after the initial injury, but did... [Read More]
Spring birth linked to earlier menopause
13 May 2005 - by BioNews
Women born in the spring are likely to go through the menopause earlier than those born in autumn, Italian researchers report. A team based at the Modena General Hospital has shown that the season in which a woman is born influences the age at which she will go through the... [Read More]
New fertility treatment regulation proposed for Ireland
16 May 2005 - by BioNews
The Irish Commission on Assisted Human Reproduction (CAHR) has issued a report suggesting ways in which assisted reproductive technologies (ARTs) should be regulated in Ireland. The report, which contains 40 recommendations, says that a new authority should be established to regulate ARTs, which are currently not governed by formal legislation... [Read More]
Romney amends Massachusetts stem cell law
16 May 2005 - by BioNews
Mitt Romney, the state Governor of Massachusetts, US, has said that he will return a bill on human embryonic stem (ES) cell research to the state legislature. He wants to introduce four amendments to legislation that was passed in the state earlier this month. The legislation, which was sponsored by... [Read More]
Australia to get human genetics commission
16 May 2005 - by BioNews
The Australian Government is providing $7.6 million over four years to set up an independent advisory body on human genetics. The move, revealed as part of last week's Budget announcements, follows a key recommendation made by the Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) in their 2003 report: 'Essentially Yours: The Protection... [Read More]
US Republicans show increasing support for ES cell research
16 May 2005 - by BioNews
According to a recent poll, approximately 57 per cent of Republican voters in the US support human embryonic stem (ES) cell research, while 40 per cent oppose it. The survey, conducted by pollster David Winston, also showed that despite strong approval among republican voters for President Bush (90 per cent... [Read More]
US bioethics council suggests embryo stem cell alternatives
16 May 2005 - by BioNews
The US President's Council on Bioethics has published a report on alternatives to human embryonic stem (ES) cells, which do not involve the destruction of embryos. The document, entitled 'Alternative sources of pluripotent stem cells', looks at ways of extending the number of cell-lines available to federally funded stem cell... [Read More]

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