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Cousin marriage: A cause for concern?
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Cousin marriage: A cause for concern?
9 June 2008 - by Ailsa Stevens
Over a billion people worldwide live in regions where 20-50 per cent of marriages are consanguineous, and first-cousin unions are especially popular. Discussion of this phenomenon is confused by the fact that its causes are social and economic, while its outcomes tend to be measured in terms of child... [Read More]
Stem cell therapy offers new hope for treating neurological disease
9 June 2008 - by Alison Cranage
Scientists at the University of Rochester, New York, have spectacularly improved the condition of mice with a normally fatal neurological disease, by injecting them with human stem cells. The research was published in the journal Cell: Stem Cell last week, and has positive implications for the treatment... [Read More]
British couple successfully screens out genetic disorder using NHS-funded PGD
9 June 2008 - by Antony Starza-Allen
A British couple has successfully used pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) funded by the NHS to create a baby free from neurofibromatosis type 1, a potentially serious genetic condition. This is reported to be the first time PGD has been used for this condition. The baby's father, Peter... [Read More]
Australian researchers apply for a licence to create cloned human embryos
9 June 2008 - by Antony Starza-Allen
Two teams of Australian scientists have applied for a licence to use eggs left over from fertility treatment to create cloned human embryos, Australian newspapers report. The application, which is the first to be made in the country, has been submitted to a National Health and Medical... [Read More]
Older fathers may increase chance of dying before adulthood
9 June 2008 - by Dr Kirsty Horsey
A new study has shown that becoming a father after the age of 45 increases the likelihood that the resulting child will die before reaching adulthood. The researchers, based at the University of Aarhus in Denmark, who published their findings in the European Journal of Epidemiology... [Read More]
UK Parliament may cause 'substantial' delays in availability of controversial mitochondrial disease treatments
9 June 2008 - by MacKenna Roberts
The UK Parliament's rejection of an amendment to new fertility legislation could delay the only potential new treatment for a class of roughly 50 devastating inherited metabolic disorders from becoming available for possibly years beyond when the technology is proven safe and effective for clinical use, according... [Read More]

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