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CONTENTS Issue #331
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Biological Engineering cannot replace rational resolution of ethical debate
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Biological Engineering cannot replace rational resolution of ethical debate
21 October 2005 - by Professor Martin Evans
It may be a healthy sign in the stem cell technological and ethical debate that we are getting round to the situation of considering just how many angels may dance on the head of a pin. In my opinion, the religious, political, ethical and moral dilemmas which have been raised... [Read More]
Half of all IVF embryos could have genetic errors
20 October 2005 - by BioNews
Around half of all the eggs produced by both older and younger women could have genetic errors, three new US studies suggest. The findings, reported at the annual meeting of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) in Montreal, Canada, have lead to calls from some fertility experts to screen... [Read More]
World Stem Cell Hub launched
20 October 2005 - by BioNews
An international consortium headed by South Korean stem cell scientist Woo Suk Hwang has announced the establishment of the World Stem Cell Hub. The consortium has set up an international bank of human embryonic stem (ES) cell lines at Seoul National University, which will have satellite laboratories in England, and... [Read More]
US Senate stem cell vote postponed until 2006?
21 October 2005 - by BioNews
Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist has proposed postponing until 2006 a vote on a bill that would expand federal funding for human embryonic stem (ES) cell research. The Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act 2005 would, if passed, allow funding for scientists to conduct ES cell research on embryos left over... [Read More]
Twins more likely to undergo early menopause
21 October 2005 - by BioNews
Female twins are up to five times more likely to be affected by premature ovarian failure (early menopause) than other women, say US scientists. The researchers, who presented their findings at the annual meeting of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) in Montreal last week, studied 1,700 women born... [Read More]
US fertility expert condemns policy limiting embryo transfer
21 October 2005 - by BioNews
Figures released this week by the International Committee for Monitoring Assisted Reproductive Technology (ICMART), show that IVF success rates in America are almost double those in Europe. The finding was reported at the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) conference that took place in Montreal, Canada. American fertility specialists pointed... [Read More]
Removal of anonymity potentially reduces donors by half
22 October 2005 - by BioNews
Professor Eric Blyth, speaking at the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) conference in Montreal this week, presented an analysis of a UK Department of Health survey of sperm and egg donors, which shows that loss of donor anonymity could potentially halve the number of people donating. In April, a... [Read More]
Study confirms schizophrenia gene link
24 October 2005 - by BioNews
A new study provides more evidence that a gene which affects levels of a key brain chemical is involved in schizophrenia. A team based at Stanford University in California, US, found that children with a single, 'low-activity' copy of a gene called COMT are at higher risk of developing psychotic... [Read More]

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