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Book Review: Test Tube Families
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The demise of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority
16 August 2010 - by Professor Alison Murdoch
The UK's new government plans to divide the responsibilities of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) between different existing organisations to reduce the cost and burden of regulation. This would see the end of the HFEA as we know it... [Read More]
Cord blood stem cell banking and the problem of promissory technologies in health care
16 August 2010 - by Dr Helen Busby
The possibilities presented by the storage or 'banking' of stem cells from umbilical cord blood after birth have attracted considerable public and media interest since the early part of this decade... [Read More]
Studies find gene variants linked to blood cholesterol levels
16 August 2010 - by Chris Chatterton
Two new studies published in Nature have found... [Read More]
Newborns to be screened for genetic conditions
16 August 2010 - by Dr Lux Fatimathas
Newborn babies showing signs of liver disorders will be screened for 92 genetic conditions, as part of a trial launching next month at Birmingham Children's Hospital. Newborns will be screened for multiple conditions with a single test using gene chip technology.... [Read More]
Meningitis susceptibility linked to genetic makeup, experts claim
16 August 2010 - by Chris Chatterton
Researchers have discovered genetic factors that they believe are associated with an increased susceptibility to the bacterial form of Meningitis.... [Read More]
Stem cell surgery a success, say UK doctors
16 August 2010 - by Dr Marianne Kennedy
An 11-year-old boy has returned home after becoming the first child to undergo a pioneering surgery which used his own stem cells to rebuild his windpipe. The operation, which took place in March this year at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London, has been hailed as 'a success'... [Read More]
UK's HFEA updates single embryo transfer fee proposal
16 August 2010 - by Dr Kirsty Horsey
The UK's Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) has updated its position on the way clinics should be charged for performing IVF with a single embryo transfer (SET)... [Read More]
Researchers discover 'oncogene addiction' in cancer
16 August 2010 - by Dr Rachael Panizzo
Researchers at Yale have identified a potential therapeutic target for cancer in the form of a micro RNA (miRNA) gene that cancer cells, but not normal cells, are dependent on for survival. Inactivating the miRNA causes cancer cell death and tumour regression.... [Read More]
Report backs role of PGS in assisted reproduction
16 August 2010 - by Rosemary Paxman
The successful use of PGS (preimplantation genetic screening) can be linked to access to appropriate technologies and the skill level and techniques used by embryologists, new research has found.... [Read More]
Continually using the same IVF treatment is less effective, experts claim
16 August 2010 - by Chris Chatterton
One of the biggest problems facing patients and doctors during fertility treatment is when to decide to switch to an alternative method, after the failure of a particular approach.... [Read More]
Book Review: Test Tube Families
16 August 2010 - by Naomi Moskovic
This book is written by a lawyer who is both an expert in family law, and also, as she puts it herself 'a player in the fertility game'. Cahn is a research Professor of Law at Washington University Law School, and this book examines the position under US law. [Read More]

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