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CONTENTS Issue #390
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Use of Gametes and Embryos in Human Reproductive Research: Determining Policy for New Zealand
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Use of Gametes and Embryos in Human Reproductive Research: Determining Policy for New Zealand
23 December 2006 - by Ian Hicks
Should human gamete and embryo research be undertaken in New Zealand and, if so, under what conditions? These are important questions for New Zealanders to consider. Use of Gametes and Embryos in Human Reproductive Research: Determining Policy for New Zealand is the first major piece of work produced... [Read More]
Animal egg stem cell research plans in jeopardy
7 January 2007 - by Dr Jess Buxton
UK scientists hoping to use animal eggs in human embryonic stem (ES) cell research face a ban on their work, if proposals outlined in a recent White Paper become law. The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA), which regulates all human embryo research carried out in... [Read More]
IVF twins for world's oldest mother
7 January 2007 - by Dr Jess Buxton
A 67-year old Spanish woman has become the world's oldest mother, after giving birth to twins at the end of last month. The woman and her sons are in good health, following a smooth delivery, a spokesman for the Sant Pau hospital in Barcelona said... [Read More]
Newcastle centre allowed to recruit egg donors for research
7 January 2007 - by Heidi Nicholl
The UK's Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) has, for the first time, amended a licence for stem cell research to be carried out, which allows women to donate eggs without needing the donation to be linked to ongoing in vitro fertilisation (IVF) or sterilisation procedures. The... [Read More]
Three female Afghan hound puppies cloned in Korea
7 January 2007 - by Heidi Nicholl
A member of disgraced South Korean scientist Hwang Woo Suk's team has successfully cloned three female Afghan hounds. The three puppies, named Bona (Latin for blessings), Peace and Hope, were created following the scandal in which Hwang's reported breakthrough in creating cloned human cell lines was discredited... [Read More]
US stem cell policy news
8 January 2007 - by Antony Starza-Allen
An Associated Press-AOL News poll has recently indicated that 56 per cent of US adults support relaxing restrictions on using federal money to pay for embryonic stem (ES) cell research. The latest figures come as New Jersey pledges millions to support and expand ES cell research in... [Read More]
Canadian child allowed three legal parents
8 January 2007 - by Antony Starza-Allen
By Antony Blackburn-Starza Ontario's Court of Appeal has allowed a five-year-old child to legally have three parents - whilst admitting that the state's legislation on custody, the Children's Law Reform Act, has fallen behind current societal practices and values. The Court ruled that 'there is no doubt that the legislature did... [Read More]
New breast cancer risk gene identified
8 January 2007 - by Dr Jess Buxton
UK scientists have identified a gene which, when mutated, doubles the risk of breast cancer developing in women who inherit a single copy. A faulty copy of the PALB2 gene is linked to an increased lifetime risk of the disease, from around one in nine to... [Read More]
New US guidelines for Down syndrome screening
8 January 2007 - by Dr Jess Buxton
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) has recommended that all pregnant women should be offered screening for Down syndrome, regardless of their age. Lead author Dr Deborah Driscoll said last week that 'this new recommendation says that the maternal age of 35 should no... [Read More]

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