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CONTENTS Issue #452
COMMENT
Real Progress - but more to do
Regulating hybrid embryo research in the UK
NEWS DIGEST
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Real Progress - but more to do
7 April 2008 - by Professor Martin H Johnson
Progress (now the Progress Educational Trust) was formed in 1985. Its 10th anniversary was marked at a meeting at the Royal Society of Medicine, when I was kindly invited to give a lecture (1) entitled 'Looking Forward, Looking Back'. Between 1985 and 1995, I personally had moved from being an... [Read More]
Regulating hybrid embryo research in the UK
7 April 2008 - by Natasha Hammond
The issue of creating hybrid embryos for stem cell research was first raised in November 2006 when '...the HFEA received applications from two different research teams for a licence to derive stem cells from human embryos, created from animal eggs instead of human eggs' (1). A public consultation on this... [Read More]
UK team creates human hybrid embryos
7 April 2008 - by Dr Jess Buxton
Scientists based at the University of Newcastle have announced the successful creation of human hybrid embryos, made by inserting human genetic material into 'hollowed out' cow eggs. Team leader Lyle Armstrong presented the preliminary data at a conference in Israel. The team hopes that such embryos... [Read More]
Evidence for a genetic link to lung cancer
7 April 2008 - by Dr Charlotte Maden
Scientists have found evidence that there is a strong genetic link to lung cancer. The findings, from three teams in Iceland, France and the US, will help understanding of the genetic basis of the disease and the role tobacco plays in its development. Lung cancer is the... [Read More]
Report triggers concerns over safety of fertility treatment in UK
7 April 2008 - by MacKenna Roberts
Fertility treatments performed in the UK are among the most risky in Europe, according to data released by the European Society for Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE), reported in the Independent on Sunday. The chances of prospective mothers developing serious complications are reportedly four times greater than... [Read More]
Calls for more regulation of direct to consumer genetic tests
7 April 2008 - by Katy Sinclair
By Katy Sinclair: The US Genetics and Public Policy Center at John Hopkins University, has called for increased regulation of direct to consumer genetic tests by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The recommendation follows a policy analysis, the results of which were published in the journal Science last week... [Read More]
$5.6 million awarded for stem cell research at Yale
7 April 2008 - by Antony Starza-Allen
Stem cell research in the US state of Connecticut has been given a major boost through an award of research grants totalling $5.6 million. The Connecticut Stem Cell Research Advisory Committee has granted awards to twelve stem cell projects at Yale University, as part of the state's... [Read More]
Australian Capital Territory to debate cloning legislation
7 April 2008 - by Antony Starza-Allen
Legislation on human embryonic stem (ES) cell research and cloning is currently being debated by the Legislative Assembly of the Australian Capital Territory (ACT). The proposal will remove the current ban on 'therapeutic' cloning and at the same time prohibit reproductive cloning, to bring the state in... [Read More]

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