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MPs listen to the concerns of patients and families with rare genetic conditions: Findings from the Family Route Maps project
3 March 2008 - by Anna Allford
A reception at the House of Commons on 26 February, sponsored by Dr Evan Harris, MP, on behalf of the Genetic Interest Group (GIG), attracted 200 people, including 15 MPs and 6 Lords. Highlighting difficulties faced by individuals and families with rare genetic conditions in the run up to the... [Read More]
New discovery into the cause of motor neurone disease
3 March 2008 - by Dr Charlotte Maden
New findings in the research of motor neuron disease (MND) have been published in the journal Science which have greatly furthered understanding of the disease. MND is a currently incurable degenerative disorder in which motor neurons are killed so that muscles in the body are unable to... [Read More]
'More natural' alternative to IVF to be trialled in UK
3 March 2008 - by Katy Sinclair
A device that allows IVF embryos to develop in the womb rather than a laboratory dish, developed by Swiss company Anecova, is to be trialled at CARE Fertility in Nottingham. The treatment, named in vivo development, or IVD, has been termed a more natural alternative to IVF... [Read More]
'Not pregnant' rules European court on IVF woman
3 March 2008 - by Dr Karen Devine
This week the European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled that protection against dismissal afforded to women by the Pregnant Workers EC Directive could not apply to women who were undergoing IVF treatment, but were not legally pregnant at the time of their dismissal. The ruling came after... [Read More]
UK MPs threaten to walk-out over hybrid embryos
5 March 2008 - by Dr Karen Devine
This week, three Catholic Cabinet ministers in the UK have threatened to quit their posts following government proposals to allow the creation of hybrid embryos - embryos made using animal eggs that have their nuclei replaced with human genetic material, for use in stem cell research. The MPs... [Read More]
Canadian baby born using 22-year-old frozen sperm: Correction
5 March 2008 - by BioNews
In last week's BioNews we published an article about Canadian Mike Kuzminski, who became a father following the use of his sperm frozen 22 years earlier, prior to his starting treatment for cancer. In, it, we stated that: 'Kuzminski seems to have benefited from Canada's current policy indecision regarding gamete... [Read More]
Children born after IVF embryos used without father's consent
5 March 2008 - by Dr Jess Buxton
A UK man has two children he did not know existed, born after his estranged wife conceived using the IVF embryos they had created together, the Sunday Times has reported. The couple were treated for infertility at Bourn Hall clinic, near Cambridge, and the resulting embryos... [Read More]

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