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Donor conception and birth certificates - more steps in the right direction
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Donor conception and birth certificates - more steps in the right direction
19 May 2008 - by Professor Eric Blyth
A springboard for revisiting the role that birth certificates might play in facilitating the ability of a donor-conceived person to access information about their genetic and biographical history (a proposal initially mooted by the Warnock Committee, but never acted on, in 1984) (1), was provided by the joint committee of... [Read More]
New technique to identify viable IVF embryos
19 May 2008 - by Dr Charlotte Maden
A group of Australian scientists has used a new genetic analysis technique to assess IVF embryos, to identify those most likely to develop in the womb. The findings were published in the journal Human Reproduction last week. Around one per cent of all births in the UK... [Read More]
US Supreme Court refuses to hear embryo appeal
19 May 2008 - by Antony Starza-Allen
The US Supreme Court has declined to hear an appeal from a Texan woman after state courts refused to grant her permission to implant embryos created using the sperm of her ex-husband, after he withdrew his consent. Augusta Roman sought a ruling that would allow her to... [Read More]
Mice don't need some genes humans can't do without
19 May 2008 - by Evelyn Harvey
Many of the genes required for human life are not needed by mice, according to an intriguing study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA (PNAS). Mice are used extensively in the study of human disease, as they share 85 per cent of... [Read More]
Researchers create genetically engineered human embryo
19 May 2008 - by Dr Rachael Panizzo
A research team at Cornell University in New York has created what is believed to be the first genetically engineered human embryo. A gene that acts as a 'tracer' was inserted into the embryo, to determine whether its activity could be followed over time. The researchers from... [Read More]
Gene clue to sweet cravings
19 May 2008 - by Ailsa Stevens
Canadian researchers, based at University of Toronto, have discovered a genetic variation which may help to explain why some people have a sweet tooth, causing them to consume more sugary foods and drinks in their diet. The findings, published online last week in the journal Physiological Genomics... [Read More]
Peter Giles Thurnham 1938-2008
19 May 2008 - by BioNews
I am sure I speak for many friends of the Progress Educational Trust is saying how saddened we are to hear of Peter's death on May 10th after a short illness. Peter was member of Parliament for Bolton North East from 1983-1997. He was immensely supportive of the Progress... [Read More]

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