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CONTENTS Issue #574
HFEA up for the axe?
When Cousins Marry (Dispatches): The producer's perspective
Book Review: The Genius in All of Us
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HFEA up for the axe?
6 September 2010 - by Josephine Quintavalle
The inaugural meeting of CORE in 1994 was entitled, 'Human Reproduction - Who Decides?' and the key speech was by an ex-HFEA (Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority) committee member, Professor Robert Snowden. Focus was specifically on assisted reproduction and the controversial issue of whether or not human embryos should... [Read More]
When Cousins Marry (Dispatches): The producer's perspective
6 September 2010 - by Anshu Rastogi
'When Cousins Marry' (Dispatches) was a difficult film to make. It was painful at times but immensely rewarding in the end. The film was commissioned because it highlighted a potentially avoidable cause of serious disabilities in hundreds of British children each year... [Read More]
Experts call for better regulation of 'stem cell trips'
6 September 2010 - by Gozde Zorlu
Stem cell treatments offered by some private, international clinics need tighter regulation, an expert group of doctors, lawyers and bioethicists have warned. Vulnerable patients have spent thousands of pounds on unproven, expensive and risky treatments... [Read More]
New insight into why egg abnormalities occur in older women
6 September 2010 - by Chris Chatterton
Researchers from Newcastle University have announced that they have a better understanding of 'why older women are more likely to produce abnormal eggs, increasing the risk of infertility... [Read More]
Scientists at NPL develop new technique for detecting disease biomarkers
6 September 2010 - by Harriet Vickers
Tests to diagnose Alzheimer's disease and cancer at the molecular level are being developed by scientists at the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) in London... [Read More]
Keep running to help avoid 'inherited obesity'
6 September 2010 - by Chris Chatterton
New research suggests that people who are at an increased risk of developing obesity, due to their genetic makeup, can significantly reduce this risk by exercising.... [Read More]
PCT data reveals extent of IVF restrictions
6 September 2010 - by Sarah Pritchard
Data made available under the Freedom of Information Act have revealed that in some areas of the UK, primary care trusts (PCTs) have placed a blanket ban on requests for IVF treatment because of depleted resources... [Read More]
Genetic tests for autism, blindness and learning disabilities in clinics 'by 2011'
6 September 2010 - by Dr Vivienne Raper
Tests to diagnose learning disabilities, autism and blindness using a child's whole genome could become a reality in clinics by 2011, according to a leading Dutch academic... [Read More]
NHS laboratory aims to pilot next-generation genetic sequencing within two years
6 September 2010 - by Dr Vivienne Raper
Genetic testing for some inherited diseases using ultra-fast next generation DNA sequencers could be piloted by some NHS clinical laboratories within two years... [Read More]
Book Review: The Genius in All of Us
6 September 2010 - by Professor John Galloway
David Shenk's book sets out its stall as an exploration and explanation of the nature of 'genius'. You'll be encouraged to know that we can all be one if we really want; hence the title. I'd like to suggest, though, that it really tells us something about the nature of 'science'. Namely that despite how science likes to represent itself, it is manifestly not an objective enterprise... [Read More]

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