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Reproducing regulation: new laws for fertility treatment and embryo research - will we get it right?
12 November 2007 - by Professor Marcus Pembrey
This conference (organised by the Progress Educational Trust (PET), held at the Institute of Child Health, London on 1 November) was extremely timely, given that the new Human Fertilisation and Embryology (HFE) Bill revising regulation of assisted reproduction and embryo research was published last week. This Bill is intended to... [Read More]
Scientists gain insight into how obesity gene works
12 November 2007 - by Ailsa Stevens
Scientists have moved a step closer to understanding how a gene previously linked to obesity makes people prone to weight gain, according to a study published last week in the journal Science. The discovery may help scientists to develop new treatments to combat the increasing numbers of... [Read More]
Top IVF doctor cleared
12 November 2007 - by Ailsa Stevens
Leading UK fertility expert, Mohamed Taranissi, has been cleared of allegations made by the government's fertility watchdog - the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) - falsely accusing him of exaggerating his success rates and offering 'unnecessary and unproven' treatments. This latest ruling marks the end of an ongoing... [Read More]
New Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill published in UK
12 November 2007 - by Dr Kirsty Horsey
A new Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill was published last week by the UK's Department of Health. The Bill is designed to update and reform the existing laws on assisted conception and human embryo research in the UK, established by the 1990 Human Fertilisation and Embryology... [Read More]
New Jersey rejects $450 stem cell funding
12 November 2007 - by Antony Starza-Allen
New Jerseyans have rejected an initiative that would have directed $450 million of taxpayers' money to fund stem cell research in the state over ten years. The measure was defeated in a ballot by a 53 per cent majority. The shock result came as a surprise to... [Read More]
Scientists uncover the genetics of lung cancer
12 November 2007 - by Stuart Scott
A large-scale American study has pinpointed a number of new regions within the genome associated with the development of lung cancer: the world's biggest cancer killer. Researchers hope their findings will lead to new and improved treatments. The $1million multi-centre study, published online in Nature, screened the... [Read More]
Donor crisis spurs trend of public awareness campaigns
12 November 2007 - by MacKenna Roberts
Due to an unprecedented national shortage in sperm and egg donors, childless couples in the Northeast of Scotland at the Aberdeen Fertility Clinic made a public appeal last week for donors. Presently in the area, 29 couples waiting for an egg donor are faced with an average... [Read More]
Stem cells repair damaged memory in mice
12 November 2007 - by Katy Sinclair
Scientists from the University of California have announced findings that stem cell injections could restore memory lost through strokes or neurodegenerative diseases. Publishing in the Journal of Neuroscience, the team hopes that in the future stem cells may be able to restore the memory of people suffering... [Read More]

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