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CONTENTS Issue #482
A friend, a father, or both?
Risk and reward: Methods and morals in bio-preservation
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A friend, a father, or both?
31 October 2008 - by Dr Berenice Golding
Commenting on the recent article in BioNews, which reported that half of women would ask a friend to father their child if they had no partner (1), I wish to raise the following points for consideration. The Vitabiotics survey this was based on reported that over half of the women... [Read More]
Risk and reward: Methods and morals in bio-preservation
3 November 2008 - by Dr Peter Hollands
The recent correspondence on egg vitrification in BioNews (1,2), prompts me to wonder if the pioneering research spirit that started the IVF industry sometimes gets a little carried away in the reality of patient care. At the start of the IVF industry the players were researchers and academics, and new... [Read More]
Foreign clinic offering illegal sex selection to British IVF patients
3 November 2008 - by Sarah Pritchard
The BBC has exposed a Turkish clinic offering prospective parents in the UK the chance to illegally select the sex of their children. Secret filming carried out in London by BBC reporter Colette McBeth reveals that the Jinemed Center in Istanbul offers to carry out sex selection... [Read More]
No consensus on when human life begins
3 November 2008 - by Alison Cranage
An international poll has shown a range of opinions about when human life begins biologically. It comes ahead of a proposed constitutional amendment in Colorado, US, which could confer legal rights to embryos at the point of fertilisation. The poll was commissioned by Reproductive Biology Associates, an... [Read More]
UK IVF doctor disciplinary action dismissed
3 November 2008 - by Ailsa Stevens
Disciplinary proceedings against one of the UK's top fertility experts, Mohamed Taranissi, relating to allegations brought by two of his former patients, collapsed this week after the General Medical Council (GMC) ruled that there was insufficient evidence to support the charges. Mr Taranissi was accused of failing... [Read More]
Prostate gland grown from a single stem cell
3 November 2008 - by Dr Charlotte Maden
Researchers in the US have reported growing a new prostate gland in mice transplanted with a single stem cell. It is hoped that the finding will shed new light on the development of prostate cancer. The prostate is a gland found near the bladder in males, which... [Read More]
Individuals' genomes and medical histories to be available publically
3 November 2008 - by Lorna Stewart
The Personal Genome Project (PGP) has released its first set of results. The study, based at Harvard Medical School and headed by Professor George Church, aims to sequence the genomes of 100,000 volunteers and make the majority of the information availably publically. At a press conference held... [Read More]
Genome-wide study links four new genes to Alzheimer's
3 November 2008 - by Ailsa Stevens
A study examining the genomes of more than 1,300 families has revealed four new genes potentially linked to the most common late-onset form of Alzheimer's disease, according to a study published in the American Journal of Human Genetics last week. The researchers, based at the Massachusetts General... [Read More]
Cardinal accuses parliament of passing a 'nazi' consent amendment to new embryo bill
3 November 2008 - by MacKenna Roberts
The leader of the Roman Catholic Church in Scotland has incited a political row with the UK Parliament by condemning parts of the new embryo research bill as morally equivalent to Nazi atrocities in an open letter of protest to Prime Minister Gordon Brown. A number of... [Read More]

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