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FISHing for trouble?
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FISHing for trouble?
4 December 2006 - by Paul Scriven
Make a habit of two things - to help, or at least to do no harm' (Attr Hippokrates of Kos). The principle of preimplantation testing for sporadic chromosome aneuploidy (preimplantation genetic screening, PGS) to improve the reproductive efficiency of assisted conception for couples at increased risk is a sound one. It... [Read More]
US Congress may debate new stem cell legislation in new year
4 December 2006 - by Antony Starza-Allen
In the US, the Democrats have indicated that they will push for a vote on stem cell legislation which would permit the allocation of federal funding for research, previously vetoed by President Bush. Senate Majority Leader-elect, Harry Reid, who will take control of the Senate's agenda when... [Read More]
Panel recommends tighter scrutiny after Hwang scandal
4 December 2006 - by Heidi Nicholl
Science, the journal which published fraudulent stem cell research by disgraced Korean scientist Woo Suk Hwang, has announced the results of a committee set up to review the editorial procedures that allowed the work to be published and to advise on how to avoid similar mistakes in... [Read More]
'Spray' gene therapy trial for cystic fibrosis
4 December 2006 - by Dr Jess Buxton
UK researchers are to begin a large scale trial to test the effectiveness of a new gene therapy treatment for cystic fibrosis (CF). The treatment, which has shown promise in animal studies and preliminary human trials, uses a nebuliser to deliver the therapeutic gene in spray... [Read More]
Australia's House of Representatives start debate on cloning bill
4 December 2006 - by Antony Starza-Allen
The Australian House of Representatives has begun debating proposed legislation that will allow scientists to clone embryos for stem cell research. The Prohibition of Human Cloning for Reproduction and the Regulation of Human Embryo Research Amendment Bill 2006, introduced by Liberal Senator Kay Patterson, was narrowly passed... [Read More]
Male fertility restored through simple surgery
4 December 2006 - by Dr Laura Bell
A new study presented this week at the Radiological Society of North America conference in Chicago showed that a minimally invasive surgical procedure may help restore male fertility. Some experts believe that male infertility is commonly caused by the formation of varicose veins in the testicle... [Read More]
Fertility drugs may reduce chance of conceiving
4 December 2006 - by Heidi Nicholl
Doctors are apparently warning women that high doses of drugs taken to stimulate the ovaries in the process of in vitro fertilisation (IVF) may damage eggs and womb lining reducing the woman's chance of conceiving. The reports come in advance of the first annual meeting of the... [Read More]

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