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CONTENTS Issue #563
Sperm donation: The US regulatory vacuum and its ethical ramifications
Book Review: Making Babies the Hard Way - Living with Infertility and Treatment
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Sperm donation: The US regulatory vacuum and its ethical ramifications
21 June 2010 - by Professor Vardit Ravitsky
The debate surrounding the rights and welfare of donor offspring has been gaining momentum over the past few years, and a growing number of countries have already banned anonymous sperm donation to ensure the right of offspring to access information about their donors... [Read More]
Human livers grown in laboratory
18 June 2010 - by Rosemary Paxman
Functional lab-grown livers could become a reality within 5-10 years, suggests a new study published by Nature Medicine, offering hope to liver transplant patients.... [Read More]
Canada's fertility-industry watchdog under scrutiny again
21 June 2010 - by Dr Gabrielle Samuel
A Canadian MP has suggested that Canada's fertility-industry watchdog, Assisted Human Reproduction Canada (AHRC) should be shut down because it is doing so little with its annual $10 million budget.... [Read More]
Woman from India is oldest to give birth to triplets at 66
21 June 2010 - by Harriet Vickers
Mrs Bhateri Devi from India has become the oldest woman to give birth to triplets, at 66-years-old.... [Read More]
Stem cell therapy damage warns against premature hope for treatments
21 June 2010 - by Dr Nadeem Shaikh
A woman has died after receiving stem cell therapy to treat a kidney ailment at a private clinic in Thailand.... [Read More]
Scientists find gene linked to autoimmune diseases
21 June 2010 - by Louise Mallon
A recent study has shown a rare genetic mutation in a single gene is linked to several different autoimmune diseases, including Type 1 diabetes, lupus and rheumatoid arthritis... [Read More]
Gene linked to blood clots during cancer therapy
21 June 2010 - by Dr Gabrielle Samuel
A new US study has found a gene mutation that can increase the risk of developing blood clots in breast cancer patients undergoing treatment with the drug tamoxifen.... [Read More]
Public wants synthetic biology regulated, survey says
21 June 2010 - by Nishat Hyder
According to the most extensive public survey yet the British public are at ease with the idea of synthetic biology - but only if it is responsibly regulated.... [Read More]
Gene therapy as a treatment for HIV patients
21 June 2010 - by Dr Lux Fatimathas
A human RNA-based gene therapy trial to combat HIV has passed the first safety test. US researchers modified human blood stem cells to make them resistant to the virus.... [Read More]
New Dutch guidelines for IVF
21 June 2010 - by Kyrillos Georgiadis
Gynaecologists in Holland can now refuse access to IVF treatment to women they deem to be unsuitable. This includes those who have 'unstable relationships or serious psychological problems.... [Read More]
Lesbian ruled not child's legal 'parent'
21 June 2010 - by Dr Vivienne Raper
The ex-partner of a lesbian cannot be forced to pay child maintenance for the couple's donor-conceived child because they never entered a civil partnership, a High Court judge has ruled... [Read More]
MP's wife fights gene fault with breast op
21 June 2010 - by Dr Vivienne Raper
The wife of Labour leadership contender Andy Burnham has had a double masectomy after a genetic test showed she had a raised risk of breast cancer... [Read More]
Book Review: Making Babies the Hard Way - Living with Infertility and Treatment
21 June 2010 - by Ruth Saunders
The use of fertility treatment is continually increasing in the UK. Despite this, it is successful in only about 20 per cent of cases. Making Babies the Hard Way is an autobiographical account that charts four years of one couple's struggle to conceive a child, through the eyes of author Caroline Gallup and her husband Bruce... [Read More]

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