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Welcome to BioNews by email, published by the Progress Educational Trust, providing you with news, comment and reviews on genetics, assisted conception, embryo/stem cell research and related areas. 

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17 March 2008 - by Dr Kirsty Horsey
Next week, BioNews will publish its 450th issue. We have been working hard for the last nine years to keep interested parties informed and up to date with news developments, issues and debates surrounding assisted reproduction, embryo research and human genetics. This year, being both the 30th anniversary of the... [Read More]
Gene controls breast cancer spread, study shows
17 March 2008 - by Ailsa Stevens
US researchers have discovered a gene which they believe plays an important role in whether or not breast cancers spread to other parts of the body, according to a study published in the journal Nature last week. The finding could one day lead to a test for... [Read More]
Catholic opposition to UK embryo bill mounts
17 March 2008 - by Dr Kirsty Horsey
Catholic pressure to amend some of the provisions of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill 2007, currently passing through parliament in the UK, is increasing. Last week, the Vatican added the destruction of embryos to a new list of mortal sins and, according to the BBC... [Read More]
New project to map gene expression in the human brain
17 March 2008 - by Ailsa Stevens
This week scientists from the Allen Institute for Brain Science in Seattle announced a multi-million dollar project to create a map of the human brain revealing the pattern of activity in some 20,000 genes. The four-year project, which builds on the earlier mouse brain map announced in... [Read More]
Worm and yeast genes shed light on ageing
17 March 2008 - by Dr Jess Buxton
Several of the genes that influence lifespan in a type of worm do the same job in yeast, say US researchers, suggesting that they may also be involved in human ageing. A team based at the University of Washington in Seattle has discovered that 25 of... [Read More]
Embryo selection clause triggers controversy in deaf community
17 March 2008 - by Sandy Starr
A heated debate on the subject of embryo selection and deafness has been sparked in the UK, by a deaf couple who resent the impediment to having a deaf child posed by prospective legislation. Clause 14 of the new Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill says that in... [Read More]
UK MPs reconsider artificial gamete ban
18 March 2008 - by MacKenna Roberts
A cross-party group of MPs is planning to support an amendment to relax the existing ban on using artificial gametes for human conception, adding yet another ethically divisive issue to the already heated debate surrounding the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill before the House of Commons. The... [Read More]

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