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CONTENTS Issue #553
Gamete Donation in the UK: Time to think again
Egg donation: Why we need a culture of altruism
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Gamete Donation in the UK: Time to think again
12 April 2010 - by London Bridge Fertility, Gynaecology and Genetics Centre
The regulations governing the reimbursement of donors and the withdrawal of donor anonymity in the UK have combined to ensure that there are insufficient egg donors to meet requirements... [Read More]
Egg donation: Why we need a culture of altruism
12 April 2010 - by National Gamete Donation Trust
The Trustees of the National Gamete Donation Trust were interested to read Dr John Parsons' article on introducing payment for altruistic egg donors. In principle we support egg sharing, but are concerned about the discrepancy between what is effectively payment in kind, and the reimbursement given to altruistic donors.... [Read More]
DNA difference between stem cell types found
12 April 2010 - by Dr Rachael Panizzo
Researchers at the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center and Center for Regenerative Medicine have pinpointed key genetic differences between mouse embryonic stem cells (ES cells) and induced pluripotent stem cells (iPS cells).... [Read More]
London Sperm Bank launched
12 April 2010 - by Sarah Pritchard
The UK's first stand-alone clinic focused on recruiting new sperm donors, has announced its opening. The London Sperm Bank (LSB) - licensed by fertility watchdog, the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) - will incorporate two existing sperm banks, the Louis Hughes Sperm Bank, and the London Women's Clinic's (LWC's) own bank... [Read More]
Fertility watchdog aims to put donor siblings in touch
12 April 2010 - by Nisha Satkunarajah
A new service which enables donor conceived people to make contact with others who have been conceived using the same donor (their genetic siblings) has been launched by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) this week... [Read More]
Autism linked to maternal grandmother's age
12 April 2010 - by Dr Charlotte Maden
A new study into autism has found a link between the disorder in children and their grandparents' age. The research, published in PLoS ONE last week, is the first of its kind to look at grandparent's as opposed to parents' ages... [Read More]
Survey rates stem cell clinics
12 April 2010 - by Dr Jay Stone
The International Cellular Medicine Society (ICMS) has published a preliminary survey into adult stem cell treatments currently being offered by 22 international clinics. The ICMS hope the results will become a resource for patients considering treatment. But they have faced criticisms for including in their analysis some unregulated stem cell treatments with unproven effectiveness... [Read More]
Blood vessels grown from stem cells
12 April 2010 - by Charlie McDermott
Stem cell-derived blood vessels grown in the lab could replace artificial versions currently used in heart bypass surgery, following a recent animal study... [Read More]
Gene links low birth weight to diabetes
12 April 2010 - by Dr Lux Fatimathas
Scientists have uncovered a genetic link between low birth weight and developing type two diabetes in later life... [Read More]
Genetic fault linked to hereditary deafness
12 April 2010 - by Dr Will Fletcher
Scientists have discovered a gene mutation that can cause children to be born deaf... [Read More]
Genes linked to brain aneurysm risk found
12 April 2010 - by Ailsa Stevens
Three new gene variants have been linked to increased risk of brain aneurysms in the largest ever genome-wide study of its kind. The discovery brings the total number of gene variants linked to the condition up to five and paves the way for more targeted drug treatments and early screening tests... [Read More]
Book Review: Faith and Fertility - Attitudes Towards Reproductive Practices in Different Religions from Ancient to Modern Times
12 April 2010 - by Sarah Norcross
First as a reviewer of this book I have a declaration of interest (or lack thereof): I have no faith.... [Read More]

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