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CONTENTS Issue #396
The BBC, the HFEA and the UK's best-performing IVF doctor:  Trial by media?
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The BBC, the HFEA and the UK's best-performing IVF doctor:  Trial by media?
26 February 2007 - by Cheryl Hudson
Assisted reproduction patients are protesting in an unprecedented way after the recent broadcast of a highly critical BBC documentary about the UK's top IVF clinic. The Assisted Reproduction and Gynaecology Centre (ARGC) in London is under ongoing investigation by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) on a variety of... [Read More]
Autism Genome Project identifies novel risk genes
26 February 2007 - by Dr Laura Bell
Recent research published online in the journal Nature Genetics has revealed new genetic variations which may contribute to autism. Autism, along with related conditions such as Asperger syndrome, is characterised by a range of severity and symptoms. The conditions are therefore collectively known as autistic spectrum... [Read More]
Newborn babies to be screened for rare metabolic disorder: correction
26 February 2007 - by BioNews
In BioNews 395, we published an article on the news that all newborn babies in England will be offered screening for the rare metabolic disorder Medium Chain Acyl CoA Dehydrogenase Deficiency (MCADD). In it, we stated that this condition 'affects between 10,000 and 20,000 UK babies a year'. This should... [Read More]
HFEA allows 'altruistic' egg donation for research
26 February 2007 - by Antony Starza-Allen
The UK's Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) has decided to allow women to donate eggs for research, regardless of whether they are undergoing IVF treatment. The decision also permits women to be reimbursed up to £250 for expenses incurred, such as travel or child care - but... [Read More]
Concern over 'GM humans' in UK
26 February 2007 - by Dr Jess Buxton
Proposals by the UK Government to permit the genetic alteration of human embryos for research purposes are paving the way for 'GM humans', according to David King, director of pressure group Human Genetics Alert (HGA). However, scientists disagree, saying that such research should be permitted, as it... [Read More]
Genetic clues to ALS
27 February 2007 - by Dr Jess Buxton
US scientists hunting for possible causes of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) have identified 34 possible genetic variations that may contribute to the disease. A team based at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore pinpointed the regions after studying DNA from 276 patients and 271... [Read More]
California issues first human embryonic stem cell research grants
27 February 2007 - by MacKenna Roberts
The California state stem cell funding initiative, Proposition 71, successfully kicked off on 23 February after a delay of years, with the announcement of who will receive the first wave of research grants - totalling around $45 million (£22.5 million) - for human embryonic stem (ES) cell research. The... [Read More]

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