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Book Review: Contested Categories - Life Sciences in Society
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Saying 'no' to the funding of assisted reproduction services in Québec
25 May 2010 - by Professor Abby Lippman
On 24 March 2010, the Québec Minister of Health and Social Services published two sets of regulations related to assisted reproduction. One specified how the government will supervise clinical and research activities (e.g. IVF); the other laid out the terms for publicly funding these activities... [Read More]
Synthesising a DNA genome is a major feat but is it creating new life?
1 June 2010 - by Professor Marilyn Monk
Craig Venter and colleagues recently published their work on a synthesised life form. Once again scientists are charged with playing God and the associated hype and scaremongering promise cures and treatments for all sorts of human and planetary ailments, threaten a future of unknown dangers from genetically manipulated life forms, and demand a re-analysis of the meaning of life and God.... [Read More]
UK has new minister responsible for fertility and embryology
25 May 2010 - by Sarah Norcross
Following the general election in the UK and the formation of the new coalition government, Anne Milton MP has become the new Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Public Health and so is the Government Minister responsible for fertility and embryology. She is the Conservative MP for Guildford - a seat which she won from the Liberal Democrats in 2005.... [Read More]
Stem cell research for Motor Neurone Disease advancing
1 June 2010 - by Victoria Kay
A new research project, which will use human stem cells to artificially create the diseased brain cells affected in Motor Neurone Disease (MND) could pave the way for a cure for sufferers.... [Read More]
Wait before cutting the umbilical cord, say researchers
28 May 2010 - by Rosemary Paxman
Delaying the clamping of the umbilical cord after birth by several minutes could bring future health benefits to newborns, according to new research.... [Read More]
Scientists use stem cells in dental implants to grow teeth
1 June 2010 - by Dr Tamara Hirsch
For the first time scientists have regenerated a biological tooth within the oral cavity using stem cell development, suggesting a possible cheaper alternative to dentures or implants for adults who have lost some or all of their teeth.... [Read More]
Scientists embark on new study to discover the functions of all mouse genes
28 May 2010 - by Dr Jay Stone
Scientists have announced an ambitious plan to identify the function of every gene in the mouse genome.... [Read More]
ASRM releases report on Oversight of Assisted Reproductive Technology
1 June 2010 - by Louise Mallon
In response to claims that assisted reproductive technology (ART) suffers from a lack of oversight, the American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) has said that: 'ART is already one of the most regulated medical procedures in the United States'.... [Read More]
Obituary: Dr Wesley Whitten
1 June 2010 - by Seil Collins
Dr Wesley Whitten, whose pioneering work in the field of reproductive physiology, which made the study of pre-implantation embryos possible, passed away on 24th May 2010.... [Read More]
Babies' DNA secretly stored in NHS database
1 June 2010 - by Dr Lux Fatimathas
The DNA of up to four million newborn babies is being stored in UK hospitals without proper parental consent.... [Read More]
Genetic Interest Group' changes name to 'Genetic Alliance UK
1 June 2010 - by Maren Urner
The UK's 'Genetic Interest Group' (GIG), a national charity representing individuals with genetic conditions, today became the 'Genetic Alliance UK'... [Read More]
HFEA releases publication 'Getting started: your guide to fertility treatment'
1 June 2010 - by MacKenna Roberts
The UK's Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) has announced its upcoming release of a new fertility treatment reference and information guide, entitled 'Getting started: Your guide to fertility treatment', aimed to assist people at the outset of considering fertility treatment options.... [Read More]
Book Review: Contested Categories - Life Sciences in Society
28 May 2010 - by Harriet Vickers
Our knowledge of biology has enabled us to move away from understanding to manipulating and influencing. As the authors of 'Contested Categories' write, we could be on the cusp of 'a bio-age, a posthuman future or an era of genetic programming'. But how does life science research translate into society? This is broadly the book's focus... [Read More]

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