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Radio Review: Frontiers - Epigenetics
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How can we halt disinvestment in NHS fertility services?
13 December 2010 - by Clare Lewis-Jones MBE
The National Infertility Awareness Campaign (NIAC) [1] has been outraged by recent announcements from at least ten Primary Care Trusts in England to suspend or severely restrict funding for infertility services. Infertility services meet a health need so why are they being slashed in this way?... [Read More]
Progress Educational Trust conference - Having a child: How far should you go?
13 December 2010 - by Chris Chatterton
The ethics of cross-border reproductive care was the topic of the third session of the Progress Educational Trust's annual conference 'Passport to Parenthood: The evidence and ethics behind cross-border reproductive care'. The first speaker, Professor Naomi Pfeffer, was strongly opposed to the international trade in donated eggs. She described the process as a 'rotten trade'... [Read More]
Fetal DNA scanned for disease
13 December 2010 - by Julianna Photopoulos
Scientists have scanned the entire DNA of an unborn child from the mother's blood sample for the first time to safely check for genetic disorders... [Read More]
NHS Medway suspends IVF funding
13 December 2010 - by Dr Marianne Kennedy
NHS Medway in Kent, South East England, has joined several other trusts in suspending funding for new referrals for IVF treatment until the new financial year when the decision will be reviewed.... [Read More]
UK health minister repeats IVF funding cut concerns
13 December 2010 - by Nishat Hyder
UK health minister Andrew Lansley has expressed concern over the temporary suspension of IVF treatment by several NHS Primary Care Trusts (PCTs) across the country due to financial strain.... [Read More]
Child's welfare is ruled 'paramount' in surrogacy case
13 December 2010 - by Antony Starza-Allen
The UK's High Court has granted legal parenthood to the parents of a child born using a surrogate in the United States to allow them to keep the child in the country.... [Read More]
US stem cell funding saga rumbles on
13 December 2010 - by Dr Nadeem Shaikh
The US courts are currently attempting to decide whether human embryonic stem cell (hESC) research may continue to receive federal funding, after a lawsuit was brought against the US Government last year.... [Read More]
Wales pioneers genetic testing for heart condition
13 December 2010 - by Seil Collins
A genetic testing service to identify people with Familial Hypercholesterolaemia (FH) is being rolled out across Wales. The service follows two successful FH testing pilots - one in England and one in Wales... [Read More]
Mice bred with two dads
13 December 2010 - by Dr Lux Fatimathas
American researchers have for the first time created mice with genetically two male parents. In a three-step process, utilising stem cell technology to create induced pluripotent stem cells (iPS)... [Read More]
Study examines how the body repairs myelin, which may help MS patients
13 December 2010 - by Chris Chatterton
Preliminary findings from a new research study have helped give scientists a new insight into how the body naturally repairs myelin, the substance that insulates nerve cells in the brain... [Read More]
Radio Review: Frontiers - Epigenetics
13 December 2010 - by Professor Sandy Raeburn
This Frontiers programme challenged three genetic dogmas. The presenter quoted a recent Observer headline on epigenetics: 'Why everything we were told about evolution was wrong!'... [Read More]

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