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Reproducing regulation: issues arising from the Human Tissue and Embryos (Draft) Bill
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Reproducing regulation: issues arising from the Human Tissue and Embryos (Draft) Bill
3 September 2007 - by Professor Marcus Pembrey
A Parliamentary committee has recently challenged several proposals in the UK Government's draft revised legislation for assisted reproduction and embryo research, published earlier this year. These areas of biomedical research and personal reproductive decisions raise important ethical and social issues. As such, the committee report is welcome, because it re-opens... [Read More]
New egg freezing service to be launched in the UK
3 September 2007 - by Ailsa Stevens
Healthy British women can now to choose to freeze their eggs, giving them the opportunity to delay motherhood without risking pregnancy complications, according to the Sunday Times. The new service, aimed at career women and those waiting for the right partner, will be launched nationwide next month... [Read More]
Human stem cells repair damaged rat hearts
3 September 2007 - by Katy Sinclair
US researchers at the University of Washington School of Medicine and Geron Corp have successfully treated damaged rat hearts with human embryonic stem cells, giving the best evidence yet that stem cells might be used to repair damage caused by heart attacks. Embryonic stem cells have the... [Read More]
IVF link to high blood pressure during pregancy
3 September 2007 - by Ailsa Stevens
A team of US researchers based at Boston University have found that women who have IVF treatment are more likely to have high blood pressure during pregnancy than women who conceive naturally. The study, published last week in the journal Fertility and Sterility, links IVF treatment to... [Read More]
Scientists discover 'tall gene'
3 September 2007 - by Ailsa Stevens
British scientists have discovered the first genetic link to height, according to a study published in the journal Nature Genetics last week. The study shows that a single letter change in the DNA sequence of a gene called HMGA2 can boost a person's height by around one... [Read More]
US stem cell policy news
3 September 2007 - by Antony Starza-Allen
Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich has passed a new measure that supports stem cell research - including that on human embryonic stem cells - but prohibits human cloning. Blagojevich established the Illinois Regenerative Medicine Institute in 2005, which has since spent $15 million on research. The new law will aid... [Read More]

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