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Fertility treatment and parenthood in Victoria
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Fertility treatment and parenthood in Victoria
22 August 2005 - by Mary Polis
Australians wanting to use ART are subject to different regulations depending on which state they live in. In the second biggest state, Victoria, the Victorian Law Reform Commission is reviewing the law that regulates access to ART and legal parentage of children born through ART. The Commission is an independent... [Read More]
Stem cells with potential found in umbilical cord blood
22 August 2005 - by BioNews
Scientists have discovered adult stem cells in umbilical cord blood that may have the same properties as embryonic stem (ES) cells. Dubbed 'cord-blood-derived embryonic-like stem cells' (CBEs), these cells might have a potential similar to ES cells, offering the possibility of a less controversial way to repair tissue damage from... [Read More]
Scientists grow 'pure' nerve stem cells
20 August 2005 - by BioNews
A team of Italian and Scottish researchers has managed to grow pure batches of human nerve stem cells in the laboratory, using embryonic stem (ES) cells. Previous nerve stem cell lines grown in this way are actually a mixture of ES cells and nerve stem cells, which limits their usefulness... [Read More]
Go-ahead for eye cancer embryo tests
21 August 2005 - by BioNews
UK doctors are set to test embryos for a rare form of inherited eye cancer, after the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) granted a license to a team at University College Hospital (UCH) in London last week. Four couples will use preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) to try and avoid... [Read More]
Charlie Whitaker cured by 'saviour sibling'
22 August 2005 - by BioNews
Charlie Whitaker, the boy who was once at the centre of a fierce debate over so-called 'saviour siblings', has been given the 'all-clear' by doctors. Six-year-old Charlie, who had Diamond Blackfan anaemia (DBA), received a transplant of cells taken from the umbilical cord of his brother James last year. Last... [Read More]
MP demands inquiry into lack of NHS fertility treatment
22 August 2005 - by BioNews
A Conservative MP, from Fareham in Hampshire, has written to the UK's Healthcare Commission, which looks into complaints against the National Health Service (NHS), to ask for an inquiry into the provision of fertility treatment in the county. Mark Hoban is MP for a constituency where no fertility treatment is... [Read More]
Skin and ES cells fused making cell with ES cell qualities
22 August 2005 - by BioNews
A new, embryo-free technology may be in the making for stem cell research. Scientists fused adult skin cells with laboratory-grown embryonic stem (ES) cells, and then saw the hybrid cells revert back to an embryonic state. If perfected, this technology could provide a way to obtain ES cells for research... [Read More]

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