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CONTENTS Issue #450
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Choosing children: Reflections on the regulation of embryo testing
25 March 2008 - by Dr Colin Gavaghan
My remit for this piece starts with a request to 'reflect on the past nine years and beyond'. Coincidentally, it was about nine years ago that I made my own first tentative foray into publishing in the area of reproductive law and ethics, and it is a sobering thing to... [Read More]
Reflecting on the role of PET and BioNews
25 March 2008 - by Professor Marcus Pembrey
We publish BioNews issue 450 as the new UK Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill heads from the Lords to the House of Commons. A lot has happened in the fields of human genetics, assisted reproduction and embryo research since BioNews 400, including the rejuvenation of PET! A year on, we... [Read More]
MPs to be given free vote on parts of new embryo and fertility law
25 March 2008 - by MacKenna Roberts
Labour MPs are to be allowed a 'free vote' on three controversial aspects of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill currently before the House of Commons. MPs will be allowed to vote according to their conscience on: the use of animal eggs in embryo stem cell research... [Read More]
Australian couple sue over embryo test 'failure'
25 March 2008 - by Antony Starza-Allen
An Australian couple has launched an action in the Supreme Court of Victoria against the health services involved in an embryo testing procedure, after the mother gave birth to a boy instead of a girl. The couple had undergone IVF and PGD (preimplantation genetic diagnosis) at Melbourne... [Read More]
Folate levels may affect sperm quality
25 March 2008 - by Dr Charlotte Maden
US scientists have found a possible link between low dietary folate levels and abnormal sperm in men. The findings, from the University of California, Berkley, and the Lawrence Berkley National Laboratory, provide further evidence that healthy diets aid fertility. Folate is a soluble B vitamin found naturally... [Read More]
Parkinson's disease gene discovery
25 March 2008 - by Stuart Scott
US researchers have found mutations in a gene that may lead to Parkinson's disease in families with a history of the neurodegenerative disorder. They hope the findings will lead to an improved understanding of the poorly understood disorder, and the development of new treatments. Parkinson's disease is... [Read More]
'Therapeutic cloning' treats Parkinson's in mice
26 March 2008 - by Katy Sinclair
A study in Nature Medicine, by the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Centre Team, has reported the successful treatment of mice with Parkinson's disease using 'therapeutic cloning', giving hope that one day a similar treatment could treat people with the condition. In an important 'proof of concept' study for... [Read More]

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