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CONTENTS Issue #592
The end of the HFEA: Are we throwing the baby out with the bathwater?
TV Review: Genetics and Medicine
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The end of the HFEA: Are we throwing the baby out with the bathwater?
24 January 2011 - by Sarah Pritchard
'We trained hard, but it seemed that every time we began to form into teams we were reorganised. I was to learn later in life that we tend to meet any new situation by reorganising. And a wonderful method it can be for creating the illusion of progress while producing confusion, inefficiency and demoralisation' - quoted by Professor Robin Lovell-Badge. The Progress Educational Trust and Anne Mclaren Memorial Fund organised a debate last week... [Read More]
Study favours IVF with single embryo transfer
24 January 2011 - by Rosemary Paxman
An international study has suggested elective single-embryo transfer (eSET) during IVF may improve chances of delivering a healthy baby compared to double-embryo transfer (DET), although women receiving DET are more likely to become pregnant in the first place.... [Read More]
UK fertility watchdog asks public about paying donors
24 January 2011 - by Julianna Photopoulos
The UK's fertility watchdog, the Human Fertility and Embryology Authority (HFEA), has launched a public consultation on how sperm and egg donation should be regulated.... [Read More]
We share DNA with friends, study claims
24 January 2011 - by Victoria Kay
Our choice of friends may be influenced by our genes, a controversial new study claims.... [Read More]
Genetic clue to kidney cancer
24 January 2011 - by Dr Lucy Freem
Scientists have identified a gene mutation that is linked to a third of kidney cancers.... [Read More]
Scottish couple first to use new fertility screening service
24 January 2011 - by Sujatha Jayakody
A couple have become the first to have a child free from cystic fibrosis (CF) after a new NHS fertility screening service became available in Scotland... [Read More]
Promiscuous mice have more fertile sons
24 January 2011 - by Dr Rachael Panizzo
Promiscuity may increase the fertility of male offspring, a new study has found. Australian researchers demonstrated that males from polygamous breeds of mice out-compete monogamous males in the race to fertilise females and produce offspring.... [Read More]
Australian couple fight for right to choose the sex of their child
24 January 2011 - by Leo Perfect
An Australian couple are going to court to fight for their right to choose the sex of their next child. They applied to use IVF with gender selection technology to guarantee a daughter, but an independent bioethics panel rejected their request... [Read More]
Antioxidants could help men with low sperm counts
24 January 2011 - by Dr Marianne Kennedy
Couples struggling to conceive may be more likely to have a child if the man takes certain vitamins or other antioxidants, according to scientists.... [Read More]
Smokers risk DNA damage within minutes
24 January 2011 - by Maren Urner
A team of US scientists has studied the immediate consequences of cigarette smoking in humans and found cigarette smoke potentially affects genes within a timescale of minutes.... [Read More]
Small number of cancers may be caused by 'one-off onslaught', study suggests
24 January 2011 - by Dr Lux Fatimathas
UK scientists have shown that a single, catastrophic event can induce multiple cancer-causing mutations, simultaneously. The event was first discovered when analysing the genome of a leukaemia patient and subsequently detected in a range of other cancers... [Read More]
TV Review: Genetics and Medicine
24 January 2011 - by Professor Sandy Raeburn
In June 2010, Teachers.TV issued a series of five videos on 'Genetics and Medicine' (1), covering important elements of genetics aimed at school students between the age of 14 and 16 (2).... [Read More]

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