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CONTENTS Issue #380
Donor recruitment: change attitudes, not the law
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Donor recruitment: change attitudes, not the law
16 October 2006 - by Joanne Adams, Dr Elizabeth Pease and Professor Brian Lieberman
In the late 1990's when removal of donor anonymity was first mooted in the UK, many felt that it would herald the end of treatment with donor sperm. Recruitment became more difficult and costly, and many potential donors were discouraged by the lack of information and rumours that the... [Read More]
Finland passes new fertility legislation
15 October 2006 - by Dr Kirsty Horsey
The Finnish Parliament has voted in favour of new fertility legislation, after years of debate and delays. Until now, fertility treatment in Finland has been practised without a background of regulation, although many aspects have been self-regulated by treatment providers. The key features of the proposed... [Read More]
Cat cloning company is closing
15 October 2006 - by Laura Goodall
By Laura Goodall: A US business specialising in cloning pets is closing its doors. Genetic Savings and Clone, a biotechnology company based at Sausalito in California, has announced to its customers that it will no longer be open for business at the end of this year. In letters to its... [Read More]
Mothers advised to reject private cord blood banking
15 October 2006 - by Heidi Nicholl
UK obstetrician Leroy Edozien has called for new mothers to be discouraged from privately banking their babies' cord blood immediately after birth. Writing in the British Medical Journal, Mr Edozien, of St Mary's Hospital Manchester, warns that consenting procedures and collecting blood for private banking puts further... [Read More]
HFEA head speaks out on older mums and SET
16 October 2006 - by Dr Jess Buxton
The interim chairman of the UK's Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA), Lord Harries of Pentregrath, has said that there should be no upper age limit for women seeking IVF treatment. In an interview with the Times newspaper, the former Bishop of Oxford, Richard Harries, said... [Read More]
Stem cells slow motor neurone disease in rats
16 October 2006 - by Dr Jess Buxton
US researchers have used human stem cells to lessen the symptoms of motor neurone disease in rats bred to have symptoms of the condition. The scientists, based at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, showed that injecting fetal nerve stem cells into the spines of rats with amytrophic... [Read More]
New Australian survey of fertility views
16 October 2006 - by Dr Jess Buxton
Australians will find it much harder to have children than they expect, according to the results of a new report by the Fertility Society of Australia (FSA). A survey of 2,400 people revealed that 88 per cent of men and 57 per cent of women between... [Read More]
Australia Bishops reject therapeutic cloning research
16 October 2006 - by Antony Starza-Allen
A statement from The Australian Catholic Bishops has objected to the proposed Australian legislation permitting therapeutic cloning. The Bishops said that they 'reject scientific experimentation on that most precious and vulnerable of our brothers and sisters, the human embryo'. They reiterated that the Australian Catholic Church supported... [Read More]

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