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'Freeze and Share': an evolution of egg-sharing
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'Freeze and Share': an evolution of egg-sharing
22 September 2008 - by Dr Nataly Atalla
The removal of anonymity in 2005 led to a reduction in the already-insufficient number of altruistic egg donors coming forward in the UK. This, combined with a strong trend towards parenthood at an older age, leads hundreds of British women to go abroad each year for treatment with donor eggs... [Read More]
Low-cost hereditary breast cancer test could be available by next year
22 September 2008 - by Ailsa Stevens
BioNews reporting from the British Society for Human Genetics annual conference in York:By Ailsa Taylor:By next year it could be possible to sequence the entire coding regions of BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes, which can put women at risk of developing hereditary breast cancer, for as little as £10... [Read More]
Half of women would ask a friend to father their child
22 September 2008 - by Katy Sinclair
A survey of 3,103 men and women, conducted by vitamin supplement company Vitabiotics, has found that 45 per cent of women surveyed would consider asking a male friend to father their child in the absence of a suitable partner. The report by the company reveals that both... [Read More]
Bone marrow stem cells used to treat strokes in mice
22 September 2008 - by Dr Charlotte Maden
A group of US researchers have found that injecting human stem cells derived from bone marrow into the brain after it has suffered a stroke can alleviate symptoms. The research was carried out at the Center for Gene Therapy, Tulane University, New Orleans, and reported in Proceedings... [Read More]
NHS suffers under the strain of multiple births resulting from 'fertility tourism'
22 September 2008 - by Sarah Pritchard
A report has indicated for the first time the cost faced by the UK's National Health Service (NHS) as it copes with multiple births resulting from IVF patients treated abroad. New research undertaken by the Fetal Medicine Unit at University College London Hospital (UCLH) makes a link... [Read More]
Hope for treating spinal injuries
22 September 2008 - by Alison Cranage
Researchers have generated a specialised type of nerve cell - astrocytes - from embryonic stem (ES) cells. The astrocytes were used to treat spinal injury in rats, with impressive results, restoring their ability to move freely. The team of scientists from the University of Rochester, New York, and the... [Read More]
First pluripotent stem cell patent granted in Japan
22 September 2008 - by Ben Jones
The Japanese Patent Office has granted the first patent for induced pluripotent stem cells (iPS cells) to Kyoto University, where researcher Shinya Yamanaka produced both the first non-human iPS cells in 2006 and, using the same process, the first human iPS cells in 2007.The Japanese patent... [Read More]
More women delaying parenthood, Australian study suggests
22 September 2008 - by Ailsa Stevens
The average age of women seeking fertility help in Australia has increased from 35.2 years old in 2002 to 35.6 years old in 2006, according to a report by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW). The report showed that record numbers of women over 40... [Read More]
Genetic test reveals that Google co-founder has mutation linked to Parkinson's disease
22 September 2008 - by MacKenna Roberts
In addition to Google's corporate sponsorship of nearly 2 million pounds last year, Google co-founder Sergey Brin has taken his support of the genome-testing company 23andMe, which his wife co-founded, to new personal heights by becoming one of its customers. Last week Brin publicly posted on his... [Read More]

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