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CONTENTS Issue #581
Personal genetic profiling: what's the harm?
Paying egg donors: a child at any price?
Book Review: Stem Cells - Science and Ethics
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Personal genetic profiling: what's the harm?
25 October 2010 - by Professor Christopher Hood
Direct-to-consumer personal genetic profiling services marketed as a way to predict people's future health risks may claim to be leading a new era of 'personalised healthcare', but the Nuffield Council on Bioethics believe these claims should be treated with caution... [Read More]
Paying egg donors: a child at any price?
25 October 2010 - by Sarah Pritchard
Should we pay women to become egg donors to tackle the 'mismatch' between supply and demand? This question was debated last week in an event organised by the Progress Educational Trust in partnership with the Royal Society of Medicine, supported by the National Gamete Donation Trust and the British Fertility Society (BFS)... [Read More]
First major study of comprehensive genetic screening technique
25 October 2010 - by Dr Gabrielle Samuel
The first formal clinical study of a test that screens an eggs for chromosomal abnormalities - the main cause of non-viable embryos during IVF - has been conducted. This may help pave the way for women with a history of IVF failure to achieve successful pregnancies... [Read More]
Genetic clue to holding your drink
25 October 2010 - by Rosemary Paxman and Dr Vivienne Raper
Scientists have found a genetic link to how easily people feel the effects of alcohol. The team led by researchers from the University of North Carolina tracked alcohol tolerance to the end of chromosome 10... [Read More]
Genetic link to early menopause
25 October 2010 - by Victoria Kay
New research may lead to a genetic test to identify women at risk of early menopause... [Read More]
Genetic role in Vitamin E metabolism
25 October 2010 - by Ken Hanscombe
Two commonly occurring genetic variants in the human CYP4F2 gene have been found to affect metabolism of vitamin E. Vitamin E is a generic term for a group of fat-soluble compounds and consists of eight chemical forms... [Read More]
Study finds new genetic links to psoriasis
25 October 2010 - by Matthew Smart
An international research team has published data from a group of studies, which have uncovered new genetic variants associated with the autoimmune disease, psoriasis.... [Read More]
Polish government debates fertility treatment policy
25 October 2010 - by Nishat Hyder
Polish MPs have begun debating measures to regulate fertility treatments, sparking widespread discussions over the regulatory options and ethical considerations surrounding assisted conception... [Read More]
First fertility show for single and gay people
25 October 2010 - by Dr Vivienne Raper
The first parenthood show for gay and single people was held on Saturday in London. The Alternative Families Show featured seminars about fertility treatment, adoption, surrogacy and other options for starting a family... [Read More]
'Octomum' doctor implanted 12 embryos
25 October 2010 - by Julianna Photopoulos
US fertility doctor Dr Michael Kamrava implanted a total of 12 embryos into 'Octomum' Nadya Suleman, a licensing hearing is told.... [Read More]
UK immigration policy is affecting scientific research, experts claim
25 October 2010 - by Owen Clark
One of Britain's leading research institutes has warned that it will struggle to recruit top scientists due to new visa restrictions.... [Read More]
Sperm and egg donors should be paid more, experts claim
25 October 2010 - by Harriet Vickers
Two experts have indicated their support for paying sperm and egg donors more money... [Read More]
Canadian court allows woman to seek information on sperm-donor father
25 October 2010 - by Antony Starza-Allen
A Canadian woman conceived through donor insemination has been allowed to bring legal action against the province of British Columbia to obtain information about her biological heritage, which may include the identity of the sperm donor involved.... [Read More]
Book Review: Stem Cells - Science and Ethics
25 October 2010 - by Dr Karen Devine
This colourful, illustrated guide to stem cells is the perfect companion for any student wishing to gain a greater understanding of stem cell research, use and ethical debates... [Read More]

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