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BioNews celebrates its 400th issue and Progress Educational Trust is revived
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BioNews celebrates its 400th issue and Progress Educational Trust is revived
26 March 2007 - by Professor Marcus Pembrey
This is the 400th BioNews, a milestone that might never have been reached. Last year Progress Educational Trust (PET) was derailed by the vagaries of small charity fund-raising, staff fell below the critical mass of four and on 22 January the trustees announced that PET's activities would cease. This came... [Read More]
NIH director supports expansion of federal ES cell research funding
26 March 2007 - by Antony Starza-Allen
The director of the US National Institutes of Health (NIH), Elias Zerhouni, has said that he supports the removal of the current restrictions on federal funding for human embryonic stem (ES) cell research imposed by President Bush in 2001. 'From my standpoint, it is clear today that... [Read More]
Body clock gene clue in bipolar disorder
26 March 2007 - by Dr Laura Bell
Recent research published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences shows that the disruption of a gene known to regulate the body clock and circadian rhythms in mice triggers behaviours similar to humans with bipolar disorder (previously called manic depression). Bipolar disorder is... [Read More]
New approaches to recruiting sperm and egg donors
26 March 2007 - by Katy Sinclair
An advertising campaign launched by the UK's National Gamete Donation Trust (NGDT) has attracted complaints from potential parents and campaigners, who have labelled it tacky. The NGDT created the 'Give A Toss' campaign in response to declining sperm donations. The NGDT needs 500 sperm donors annually in... [Read More]
IVF baby born after sperm mix-up leads to US lawsuit
26 March 2007 - by MacKenna Roberts
New York State Supreme Court Justice Sheila Abdus-Salaam has allowed Thomas and Nancy Andrews to pursue unspecified damages for parts of their claim that in 2004, the fertility clinic Medical Services for Reproductive Medicine negligently used an unknown donor's sperm to fertilise Mrs Andrews's eggs, denying Mr... [Read More]
Missing genes linked to autism
26 March 2007 - by Dr Jess Buxton
Many cases of autism could be linked to spontaneous genetic changes that result in large chunks of missing DNA, according to a new US study. The research, published early online in Science, shows that so-called 'copy number variants' could be an important factor in the appearance... [Read More]

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