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Is the embryo sacrosanct? Multi-faith perspectives
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Is the embryo sacrosanct? Multi-faith perspectives
1 September 2008 - by Ailsa Stevens
Representatives of different faiths frequently intervene in debates around fertility and assisted reproduction, with religious perspectives cited in recent months both in support of and in opposition to the UK's Human Fertilisation and Embryology (HFE) Bill. Last Easter, the government's proposal to allow research using inter-species human or 'admixed' embryos... [Read More]
Woman sues NHS trust after waiting for IVF
1 September 2008 - by Antony Starza-Allen
A woman in her early forties, who claims six years of unnecessary tests and waiting for IVF on the NHS has meant that she is now too old to use her own eggs, is suing the trust she claims is responsible. As reported last week in the... [Read More]
Adult cell reprogramming helps treat diabetes in mice
1 September 2008 - by Dr Rebecca Robey
Researchers at the Harvard Stem Cell Institute in Boston, USA, have successfully transformed one type of adult cell in to another cell type in live mice, according to a study published in the journal Nature. The cells created were insulin-producing beta cells of the pancreas - the cells... [Read More]
Gene associated with age-related blindness
1 September 2008 - by Alison Cranage
Scientists working in China and the USA have identified a gene associated with dry Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD). AMD is the most common form of visual impairment in the developed world. The research is the first time a gene has been linked with the disease, and will... [Read More]
Gene therapy treats deafness in mice
1 September 2008 - by Stuart Scott
A team of US scientists have used gene therapy to regenerate inner ear 'hair' cells - the culprit in many forms of deafness. The team, lead by John Brigande, who is himself profoundly deaf, injected mice with a version the Atoh1 gene modified so that it fluoresces green... [Read More]

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