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CONTENTS Issue #564
The death of Denmark's public ART funding
A decade of progress and misunderstandings
Book Review: Life Ascending - The 10 Great Inventions of Evolution
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The death of Denmark's public ART funding
28 June 2010 - by Dr Søren Ziebe
Around two children in each Danish school class was conceived using some form of ART and Danish fertility clinics are involved in the birth of eight per cent of children born each year. So it is extremely troubling that the Government has chosen to play roulette with Danish fertility by introducing 100 per cent patient payment for ART in public clinics... [Read More]
A decade of progress and misunderstandings
28 June 2010 - by Professor Marcus Pembrey
The 10th anniversary of the first draft of the human genome sequence has been characterised by justifiable celebration at the extraordinary progress in DNA sequencing technology, yet disappointment with the impact it has had on medicine to date. Is this disappointment also justified? Not really... [Read More]
FDA questions five US companies about unapproved genetic testing
28 June 2010 - by Seil Collins
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has told five US companies that the genetic tests they sell directly to consumers are unapproved.... [Read More]
New blood test predicts early menopause
28 June 2010 - by Dr Gabrielle Samuel
Women could soon find out how long they have left to start a family thanks to a blood test that determines when they will go through menopause.... [Read More]
Women freeze eggs for career reasons or to await Mr Right, studies find
28 June 2010 - by Harriet Vickers
A large number of female university students say they would undergo egg freezing to allow time to build a career, a relationship, or become financially stable. However, older women who go through the procedure say it is because they want time to find the right man... [Read More]
Overweight women risk IVF miscarriage
28 June 2010 - by Dr Charlotte Maden
Women using assisted reproductive technology (ART) to conceive have a higher rate of miscarriage if they are overweight, say a group of UK scientists.... [Read More]
Italians revealed as Europe's biggest fertility tourists
28 June 2010 - by Antony Starza-Allen
Couples from Italy are at the top of the list of foreign couples seeking fertility treatment abroad, researchers report today at the 26th Annual Meeting of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE), in Rome... [Read More]
NHS to sequence the genes of 10,000 patients
28 June 2010 - by Victoria Kay
A London NHS hospital has started sequencing the genomes of individual patients in order to gain a better understanding of the genetic factors involved in heart disease. Over the next decade, 10,000 patients at the Royal Brompton Hospital will have their 22,000 genes sequenced... [Read More]
1,000 Genomes Project completes first phase
28 June 2010 - by Dr Vivienne Raper
The largest study of genetic differences between people to date - the 1,000 Genomes Project - has completed its pilot studies. The data is now freely available... [Read More]
£25 million to study genetics of African diseases
28 June 2010 - by Ben Jones
The Wellcome Trust has joined forces with the US National Institute of Health (NIH) to coordinate a major new genetics study in Africa.... [Read More]
Sperm bank for Beautiful People launched
28 June 2010 - by Kyrillos Georgiadis
A controversial dating website that only allows 'beautiful people' to join has launched a sperm and egg bank so that people can have 'beautiful children'... [Read More]
No 'list' of conditions warranting late termination, experts advise
28 June 2010 - by Laura Riley
The UK's Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) has released a Working Party report, Termination of Pregnancy for Fetal Abnormality. The report found that it was not 'realistic' to seek to produce a definitive list of conditions that constitute 'serious handicap' for clinicians to use in interpreting the legal grounds for abortion under the 1967 Abortion Act... [Read More]
Book Review: Life Ascending - The 10 Great Inventions of Evolution
28 June 2010 - by Dr Alex Dedman
Be warned, Life Ascending is not a good book for reading on the tube, or any public transport for that matter. It is a book which asks for a locked oak-panelled library, a favourite high-backed leather armchair, a crackling fire, and an excellent command of the English language... [Read More]

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