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CONTENTS Issue #582
TV Review: Horizon - Miracle Cure? A Decade of the Human Genome
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Davina and Goliath: the personal cost of seeking justice
29 October 2010 - by Professor Eric Blyth
As reported in BioNews on 25 October 2010 (1), Olivia Pratten, a 28-year old Toronto journalist who was conceived as a result of anonymous donor conception provided by a Vancouver physician, Dr Gerald Korn, is challenging the protection of donor anonymity in the Supreme Court of British Columbia. The Court agreed to hear the case despite claims made in September by lawyers acting for the Government of British Columbia that the physician's records have been destroyed, and despite an injunction... [Read More]
Media (mis)conceptions: Assisted conception in the spotlight
1 November 2010 - by Dr Amel Alghrani, Professor Margaret Brazier, Dr John Coggon and Dr Muireann Quigley
'Occasionally science makes procedures possible that are so radical that those at the interface between science and society are called on to define moral standards for society'... [Read More]
New PGD technology guidelines published for the genetic testing of IVF embryos
1 November 2010 - by MacKenna Roberts
The European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE) has published an updated set of best practice guidelines for fertility clinics on the use of preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) and preimplantation genetic screening (PGS) techniques... [Read More]
We all have hundreds of defective genes, study finds
1 November 2010 - by Owen Clark
A four-year, £75m project to discover novel variations between human genomes has completed its pilot phase. Among the 1000 Genomes Project's initial findings are each person carries around 250 - 300 genetic mutations. Scientists have previously linked 50 - 100 of these mutations to inherited diseases... [Read More]
Fat rat fathers risk daughters' health
1 November 2010 - by Matthew Smart
Obesity in male rats increases the risk of their daughters developing diabetes in later life, a study by scientists at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, has found. The researchers believe epigenetic inheritance - changes in chemical markers on genes that affect their function - may be responsible... [Read More]
First gay dads' guide covers surrogacy and sperm donation
1 November 2010 - by Ben Jones
Stonewall has released the first guide advising gay men on how to become a father. A Guide for Gay Dads provides practical and legal advice on various routes to fatherhood including adoption, co-parenting, surrogacy, sperm donation and foster care... [Read More]
Blood group could affect women's fertility
1 November 2010 - by Dr Tamara Hirsch
A woman's chances of conceiving may be influenced by her blood group, according to recent preliminary research findings in the US. This is the first time a link between fertility and a blood group has been identified.... [Read More]
Another NHS trust suspends fertility treatment to cut costs
1 November 2010 - by Julianna Photopoulos
NHS North Yorkshire and York is to suspend IVF procedures in the final quarter of this financial year as part of measures to reduce costs.... [Read More]
Embryo genetic test could improve IVF success
1 November 2010 - by Rosemary Paxman
An embyro screening test could significantly increase IVF success rates, US researchers have found... [Read More]
Stem cell fertility hope for boys with cancer
1 November 2010 - by Dr Marianne Kennedy
Restoring the fertility of men made sterile by childhood cancer treatment has come a step closer. Scientists claim they've successfully multipled sperm stem cells collected from young boys' testes in the laboratory... [Read More]
Men with cancer missing out on sperm storage
1 November 2010 - by Dr Charlotte Maden
New research has revealed many men receiving treatment for cancer are not offered the chance to bank their sperm. Chemotherapy drugs may cause fertility problems but men may choose to store their sperm prior to treatment for future use... [Read More]
TV Review: Horizon - Miracle Cure? A Decade of the Human Genome
1 November 2010 - by Professor Sandy Raeburn
During the early, uncertain years of the Human Genome Project, Professor Bryan Clarke of the University of Nottingham kept challenging all Human Genome Organisation (HUGO) aficionados to explain how the new biological knowledge obtained would lead to medical advances. Bryan also kept asking - 'whose genome is being sequenced anyway'?... [Read More]

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