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CONTENTS Issue #425
Parents want to tell children about donor conception...and children want to know
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Parents want to tell children about donor conception...and children want to know
16 September 2007 - by Louise Johnson
Victoria, Australia was one of the first jurisdictions in the world to introduce legislation to regulate donor conception. Since this legislation was introduced 3500 children have been born using donor eggs, sperm or embryos in Victoria. The 'Time To Tell Campaign - Phase 2', an initiative of the Infertility Treatment Authority... [Read More]
Stem cell research news
16 September 2007 - by Stuart Scott
The world of stem cell research has been given a boost this week with a potential new source of stem cells and an improved culturing technique both being separately reported. In research published online in the journal Human Reproduction, Dr Caroline Gargett and her PhD student, Ms... [Read More]
Australian couples choosing IVF over lifestyle changes
16 September 2007 - by Antony Starza-Allen
Australian couples are viewing IVF as more of a right than a medical solution to a health problem, warned a leading fertility expert last week. Professor Rob Norman, director of the Research Centre for Reproductive Heath at the University of Adelaide, told the Fertility Society of Australia's... [Read More]
New Jersey court refuses to rule on when life begins
16 September 2007 - by Katy Sinclair
By Katy Sinclair: The New Jersey Supreme Court, in the case of Acuna v Turkish, last week refused to rule on the issue of when life begins in determining that a six to eight week old embryo is not considered a person under law. In a case brought against an... [Read More]
Cut-price IVF for stem cell research egg donors
16 September 2007 - by MacKenna Roberts
Women who donate some of their eggs to stem cell research will receive half-price discounted IVF treatment - a £1,500 stipend reducing the costs of one cycle of IVF treatment from £3,000 - at the Newcastle Fertility Centre. The Medical Research Council has recently awarded £150,000 funding to subsidise... [Read More]
Alan Trounson to head California stem cell institute
17 September 2007 - by Dr Kirsty Horsey
The California Institute of Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) has appointed Professor Alan Trounson as its new president, following a committee vote on Friday last week. Professor Trounson is a renowned Australian scientist and currently the director of Monash University's stem cell program in Melbourne. The CIRM is... [Read More]
Geneticists voice concerns over human DNA databases
17 September 2007 - by Ailsa Stevens
Geneticists taking part in debate being held today at the British Society of Human Genetics (BSHG) annual conference in York will voice concerns over conflicts of interest emerging around the creation of human DNA databases. However, they will also highlight the importance of guaranteeing public confidence to... [Read More]

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