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CONTENTS Issue #391 (15 January 2007)
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Patients want 'hybrid' embryo research to go ahead
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Patients want 'hybrid' embryo research to go ahead
15 January 2007 - by Nick Meade
The UK's Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) has announced a public consultation on the creation of human-animal hybrid embryos. Scientists want to use such embryos to create genetically human embryonic stem cells(ES cells). This method would overcome difficulties associated with the collection of human eggs from donors, and would... [Read More]
HFEA to consult on use of animal eggs in ES cell research
15 January 2007 - by Dr Jess Buxton
The UK's Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) has announced that it will hold a public consultation on the use of animal eggs in human embryo research. The decision follows a meeting held last week, at which the authority considered applications from two teams who want... [Read More]
US House approves ES cell research funding
15 January 2007 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza
The US House of Representatives has voted in favour of legislation to expand federal funding for human embryonic stem (ES) cell research. The Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act 2007 was passed by 253 votes to 174, but fell short of the two-thirds majority needed to override a... [Read More]
Scotland's new stem cell research centre opens
15 January 2007 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza
By Antony Blackburn-Starza A £59 million stem cell research and regenerative medicine centre to be housed in the campus of Edinburgh University was announced by Scotland's First Minister Jack McConnell last week. The Scottish Centre for Regenerative Medicine (SCRM), to be headed by Professor Ian Wilmut, will be part of... [Read More]
Shortened telomeres linked to increased heart disease risk
15 January 2007 - by Dr Laura Bell
New research published in the Lancet medical journal last week shows a potential new way to identify people who have a higher risk of heart disease. Telomeres are the strands of DNA that cap and protect our chromosomes. They act as a kind of cellular clock... [Read More]
Variable gene expression seen in different ethnic groups
15 January 2007 - by Dr Laura Bell
By Dr Laura Bell: Research published in the journal Nature Genetics last week showed that variation between different ethnic groups, such as susceptibility to certain diseases, may be explained by variable gene expression. Samples collected for the International HapMap Project were used in the study. The HapMap was published last... [Read More]
Underperforming British fertility clinics identified
15 January 2007 - by Heidi Nicholl
The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) has published a list of the best and worst performing fertility clinics in the UK. The regulator carried out inspections of the UK's 78 fertility clinics between April 2005 and March 2006. The clinics have been named following a request... [Read More]
Scientists discover new amniotic stem cells
15 January 2007 - by Heidi Nicholl
US researchers have identified a novel type of stem cell, derived from amniotic fluid, that they claim has the potential to develop into all types of body tissue. The scientists, working at the Institute for Regenerative Medicine at Wake Forest University School of Medicine, North Carolina, isolated... [Read More]

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