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CONTENTS Issue #562
The role of humour in sperm donor recruitment
Keeping abortion decisions in context
Book Review: Bad Ideas? An Arresting History of Our Inventions
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The role of humour in sperm donor recruitment
14 June 2010 - by Professor Eric Blyth
Unlike either oocyte or embryo donation, sperm donation presents a massive PR problem - masturbation. At least since Onan came to a sticky end, masturbation (aka 'self-abuse') has both suffered censure and has provided a fertile source for low-grade humour.... [Read More]
Keeping abortion decisions in context
11 June 2010 - by Ann Furedi
The revelation in the UK's Sunday Times newspaper (6 June 2010) that some assisted conceptions end in abortion was bound to cause consternation.... [Read More]
UK's HFEA releases termination of pregnancy data
9 June 2010 - by Sarah Pritchard
Data recently obtained by the Sunday Times newspaper, via a Freedom of Information Act enquiry to the UK's Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA), show that an average of 80 pregnancies achieved through IVF treatment are terminated each year.... [Read More]
Health ministry closes Costa Rica's largest stem cell clinic
14 June 2010 - by Rosemary Paxman
A private clinic offering stem cell treatments has been closed by the Costa Rican government due to little evidence that the treatments work.... [Read More]
Personality traits can predict fertility, scientists claim
14 June 2010 - by Dr Tamara Hirsch
Reproductive success of both males and females is linked to common personality traits, particularly neuroticism, according to a recent study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).... [Read More]
Gene patent for breast cancer faces legal challenge
14 June 2010 - by MacKenna Roberts
The Australian Federal Court in Sydney is considering groundbreaking legal action of whether private companies can obtain patents on human genes.... [Read More]
Is IVF good value for money?
14 June 2010 - by Seil Collins
A new study looking at the economic costs and consequences of assisted reproductive technology (ART) has concluded that governments reap long-term economic benefits from funding ART services... [Read More]
First US study of attitudes towards donor conception published
10 June 2010 - by Antony Starza-Allen
A study into the attitudes of donor-conceived siblings has been published in the US. Said to be the first empirical study of its kind in the US... [Read More]
Assisted reproduction could lead to increased risks of congenital malformations, say scientists
14 June 2010 - by Dr Rachael Panizzo
The risk of congenital malformations is increased in children born through assisted reproductive technology (ART), such as IVF or ICSI (intracytoplasmic sperm injection), researchers report today at the annual conference of the European Society of Human Genetics.... [Read More]
Should the results of individual genetic studies be disclosed to participants?
14 June 2010 - by Dr Lux Fatimathas
Researchers shouldn't feel obliged to disclose genetic information about study participants, a global survey of genetic researchers has found.... [Read More]
Rare genetic variants found to play role in development of autism
14 June 2010 - by Sandy Starr
Results from the largest international study of its kind into autism strongly suggests that rare genetic variants contribute far more than common variants to the risk of developing the condition.... [Read More]
Fertility advocate awarded MBE
14 June 2010 - by Dr Vivienne Raper
A leading researcher and advocate for the rights of the donor conceived has been awarded an MBE... [Read More]
Book Review: Bad Ideas? An Arresting History of Our Inventions
14 June 2010 - by Professor John Galloway
'Take what you want', said God, '- and pay for it'. Or, to put it another - rather longer winded - way: society rarely if ever advances to the point where some new technology can be seen as an unmixed blessing. Robert Winston has further expanded God's nugget of wisdom into an entire book... [Read More]

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