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The 'donated' generation: action now not formal apology later
29 November 2010 - by Damian Adams and Dr Marilyn Crawshaw
Australia has, in recent years, had to face up to the social and emotional adversity caused by past policies. Attention is now turning. A Federal Inquiry into Donor Conception is examining the plight of what Damian Adams has called 'the 'donated' generation' (1). These are the thousands of people conceived using donated gametes who have been denied knowledge of their biological kinship, heritage, familial health history and conception... [Read More]
Progress Educational Trust conference: The evidence for cross-border reproductive care
29 November 2010 - by Dr Vivienne Raper
Are European airlines bursting with 'fertility tourists' risking their health by travelling abroad? Do most people seeking fertility treatment overseas fit the media stereotype - white, middle-class career women over 50? Does cross-border reproductive care (CBRC) include eggs imported from abroad? Dr Françoise Shenfield and Professor Lorraine Culley tried to answer these questions during the first session of last Wednesday's Progress Educational Trust (PET) annual conference... [Read More]
Stem cell treatment for stroke patients
29 November 2010 - by Dr Rachael Panizzo
A British man has become the first patient in the world to receive a pioneering stem cell therapy to repair brain damage caused by stroke.... [Read More]
Working together: Is it really in your genes?
29 November 2010 - by Dr Aarathi Prasad
Researchers at Edinburgh University's department of psychology report that there is a biological mechanism underpinning the loyalty that a person feels to their social group.... [Read More]
Study finds new genes linked to anorexia
29 November 2010 - by Dr Lux Fatimathas
Several genetic markers associated with the psychiatric disorder anorexia nervosa (AN) have been identified. American researchers carried out the first, large-scale genome-wide association study (GWAS) for AN... [Read More]
Campaign in North West hopes to encourage more sperm donors
29 November 2010 - by Seil Collins
The National Gamete Donation Trust (NGDT), together with fertility clinic Manchester Fertility Services, has launched an initiative to recruit sperm donors in the North-West of England.... [Read More]
UK clinic granted permission to buy 'Russian eggs'
29 November 2010 - by Nishat Hyder
A UK fertility clinic, the Centre for Reproductive and Genetic Health (CRGH), has received permission to import eggs from Russia, in order to meet the demand for donated eggs. Using the Russian eggs, the CRGH, which already imports sperm from Denmark, will create an egg bank for infertile women looking to undergo fertility treatment.... [Read More]
Study finds genetic link between obesity and early puberty
29 November 2010 - by Chris Chatterton
An international study has uncovered new genes linked to the early onset of puberty and increased likelihood of obesity. The researchers performed a meta-analysis of 32 genome-wide association studies (GWAS) involving over 100,000 women from Europe, the US and Australia.... [Read More]
IVF using donor eggs increases pre-eclampsia risk, study claims
29 November 2010 - by Kyrillos Georgiadis
A small study has recently suggested that women who use donated eggs in IVF could be at a higher risk of developing pre-eclampsia, a common but potentially dangerous pregnancy complication.... [Read More]

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