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CONTENTS Issue #580
Film Review: The Kids Are All Right
Event Review: Whose Genome Is It Anyway?
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We need a code of practice for cross-border reproductive care
18 October 2010 - by Dr Francoise Shenfield
Cross-border reproductive care is becoming more widespread, but is fraught with safety concerns. We at the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE) have no objection to patients seeking reproductive treatments outside their home country. But to protect patient safety, we believe there should be a Code of Practice (COP) to protect patients, donors and potential surrogates... [Read More]
Stem cell tourism - don't believe the hype
18 October 2010 - by Claire Bale and Dr Kieran Breen
Thousands of people with serious, long term health conditions are tempted abroad each year by untested stem cell treatments. Untested stem cell treatments for Parkinson's are available in several countries, including clinics in Germany and China. But the treatments are expensive - often many thousands of pounds - and come without any scientific evidence that they work and with real risks... [Read More]
Child born after 20-year embryo storage
18 October 2010 - by Owen Clark
A healthy baby has been born from an embryo frozen for almost 20 years – the oldest frozen embryo to result in a live birth... [Read More]
Experts criticise decision to shut down HFEA
18 October 2010 - by Matthew Smart
Former members of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) have spoken against proposals to axe the UK’s fertility watchdog... [Read More]
Scientists put their personal genotyped data online
18 October 2010 - by Ken Hanscombe
Twelve members of the Genomes Unzipped project have made their personal genetic data publicly available online. By sharing their genetic data, the project aims to guide discussion about the risks, benefits, and limitations of genetic information, and the issue of genetic privacy... [Read More]
Obesity genetics goes 'pear-shaped'
18 October 2010 - by Chris Chatterton
Scientists from the GIANT (Genetic Investigation of Anthropometric Traits) consortium have identified new genetic markers linked to body shape and obesity... [Read More]
Human trial to use stem cells to treat spinal cord injury
18 October 2010 - by Dr Lux Fatimathas
A patient paralysed through spinal cord injury has become the first person to receive human embryonic stem (ES) cell treatment in a clinical trial being conducted in the United States... [Read More]
Directors of illegal sperm website given suspended sentence
18 October 2010 - by Antony Starza-Allen
Two men convicted of providing sperm over the internet without a licence have escaped a custodial sentence... [Read More]
Nuffield launches 'personalised healthcare' report
18 October 2010 - by MacKenna Roberts
The UK's Nuffield Council on Bioethics has reported that direct-to-consumer personal genetic profiling services used to predict people's genetic susceptibility for common diseases, such as Parkinson's and diabetes, are often inconclusive, misleading and can potentially cause unnecessary anxiety, complacency or distress when no treatment is available... [Read More]
Spanish couple receive IVF treatment whilst in custody
18 October 2010 - by Antony Starza-Allen
Two Spanish prisoners have reportedly received IVF treatment while in prison... [Read More]
Film Review: The Kids Are All Right
18 October 2010 - by Ruth Saunders
The Kids Are All Right is about the long-term committed lesbian relationship of Jules (Julianne Moore) and Nic (Annette Bening) and their relationship with their two teenage children, 18-year-old Joni (Mia Wasikowska) and 15-year-old Laser (Josh Hutcherson), one born to each mother using the same unknown sperm donor. There is nothing particularly unusual about this film to begin with. Both kids call their parents 'Mum' and behave towards them like normal teenagers, with a mixture of love and ... [Read More]
Event Review: Whose Genome Is It Anyway?
18 October 2010 - by Dr Vivienne Raper
Would you publish your genome? Last week, the 12-member Genomes Unzipped project published their direct-to-consumer genetic test results online. They say they're dispelling fears and encouraging discussion about what genetics means for society. But, in a Royal Institution debate on Thursday, Wellcome Trust Director Sir Mark Walport said openly disclosing their DNA would - like drunken Facebook party pictures - return to haunt them... [Read More]

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