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CONTENTS Issue #583 (8 November 2010)
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Lesbian mums in dispute: fertility law, child maintenance and what makes a parent
8 November 2010 - by Natalie Gamble
A lesbian couple who had conceived a child together through donor insemination at a UK clinic recently ended up in the High Court after their relationship broke down. Their dispute involved a ten-year-old child, and the issue was whether the non-birth mother (who the court had already given legal decision-making status as a parent) should be ordered to make financial provision for her child... [Read More]
IVF success rates plunge after second attempt, study finds
8 November 2010 - by Victoria Kay
Women who have not conceived after two cycles of IVF (in vitro fertilisation) may face reduced success rates if electing to undergo further cycles, according to a new study. The research is preliminary and many factors which may affect IVF success, such as the age and weight of the women, were not taken into account.... [Read More]
IVF increases risk of cerebral palsy, study suggests
8 November 2010 - by Dr Rachael Panizzo
A new study suggests factors other than a couple's underlying fertility problems may explain an increased risk of cerebral palsy seen in children born following fertility treatment. Researchers at the University of Aarhus in Denmark who conducted the study emphasised the overall risk of cerebral palsy in children conceived through IVF or ICSI remains very low - approximately 0.57 percent, or one in every 176 babies born.... [Read More]
UK molecular scientist presented with prestigious Lasker Award
8 November 2010 - by Matthew Smart
The Lasker Foundation has awarded UK scientist, Professor David Weatherall from Oxford University its prestigious Lasker-Koshland Award for Special Achievement in Medical Science... [Read More]
Don't tell Nick Clegg, but researchers find 'gene for liberalism'
8 November 2010 - by Harriet Vickers
US researchers have claimed that having a particular gene variant and a sociable time in your teens may mean you are more likely to be politically liberal.... [Read More]
Epigenetic effects of stress being slowly uncovered
8 November 2010 - by Chris Chatterton
New research suggests that the impact of stress may be passed on from one generation to the next, and that psychiatric illness may have some degree of 'epigenetic heritability'.... [Read More]
Gene linked to handedness offers clue for dyslexia
8 November 2010 - by Maren Urner
Researchers from the Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics at The University of Oxford have identified a genetic link between handedness and reading difficulties.... [Read More]
West Kent PCT suspends IVF funding
8 November 2010 - by Ken Hanscombe
NHS West Kent Primary Care Trust (PCT) has suspended IVF treatments considered non-urgent until April 2011. The measure is aimed at avoiding a projected overspend of approximately £40m on the PCT's budget of £1.013 billion, within the first six months of the coming year... [Read More]
Doubts raised over US gene patents
8 November 2010 - by Dr Nadeem Shaikh
The US Department of Justice (DOJ) has weighed in on the complex issue of gene patenting against the principle that genes should be eligible for patent protection, reversing the government's position on the matter and causing consternation for many biotechnology companies. This week it issued a legal brief as a 'friend of the court' joining a lawsuit challenging the rights of companies to patent genetic technologies.... [Read More]
Singapore fertility clinic faces sperm mix-up probe
8 November 2010 - by Nisha Satkunarajah
A private medical centre in Singapore is under investigation after a mix-up during IVF treatment resulted in the birth of a child conceived with the wrong sperm.... [Read More]
Stem cell researchers cleared of fraud
8 November 2010 - by Dr Jay Stone
International journal Nature has found no sign of fraud in a 2009 paper published by Professor Konrad Hochedlinger and colleagues. The allegations came from a group calling itself 'Stem Cell Watch' which has made a series of accusations of fraud against a number of leading stem cell scientists, including Professor Hochedlinger, citing repetition and the manipulation of images among its reasons for concern.... [Read More]
Event Review: Making Babies in the 21st Century - The Rise of Reproductive Technologies
8 November 2010 - by Ruth Saunders and Zeynep Gürtin-Broadbent
Academics, clinicians and other interested people came together last week to discuss the rise of reproductive technologies. The event was the first of three 'public dialogues', organised by the Cambridge University Centre for Gender Studies in association with the Guardian newspaper. The aim of this series is to aid conversation between experts and the general public on issues of gender and 21st century biomedical advances... [Read More]
Radio Review: Frontiers - Cancer Treatment
8 November 2010 - by Professor Sandy Raeburn
About 15 years ago, I formed the view we should be less ambitious about improving 'Public Understanding of Science' because we should not expect the public to understand genetic principles in detail. Better, I thought, to give a grounding in core science skills... [Read More]

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