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CONTENTS Issue #595
Surrogacy, parenthood and disputes: are there any lessons to be learned?
Event Review: Unnatural - The Heretical Idea of Making People
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Surrogacy, parenthood and disputes: are there any lessons to be learned?
14 February 2011 - by Natalie Gamble and Louisa Ghevaert
Surrogacy has been around for many years and disputes rarely arise. There have only been a handful of published cases in the English courts where a surrogacy arrangement has gone wrong. However, the recently published case of TT (a Minor) (1) received national press and radio coverage, focusing on Mr Justice Baker's warning about the inherent risks of surrogacy, awarding care of the baby to the surrogate mother and yet again putting surrogacy in the media spotlight... [Read More]
'Octomum' doctor could still be struck off
14 February 2011 - by MacKenna Roberts
'Octomum' fertility doctor, Dr Michael Kamrava, could still be struck off despite a judge's recommendation to the contrary, according to a decision made by the Medical Board of California, the state's medical licensing body.... [Read More]
Prostate cancer genome sequenced
14 February 2011 - by Dr Lucy Freem
US researchers have sequenced the genomes of several prostate tumours providing new information that may help doctors to identify aggressive forms of the cancer and prioritise treatment... [Read More]
Prostate cancer genetic test could prevent surgery, say researchers
14 February 2011 - by Victoria Kay
A genetic screening test could help doctors to identify men with the most aggressive types of prostate cancer, UK scientists believe. The test could save men with milder forms of the disease from unnecessary surgery and its potentially serious side effects... [Read More]
Fertility treatment success linked to weight and race, study claims
14 February 2011 - by Dr Marianne Kennedy
New research suggests that women from ethnic minority backgrounds may have lower success rates with fertility treatment.... [Read More]
University of California opens new stem cell centre
14 February 2011 - by Leo Perfect
The University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), has opened a stem cell research facility paid for by private and state money approved by Californian voters. As no federal funds were used, researchers can avoid federal funding policy restrictions on human embryonic stem cell (hESC) research.... [Read More]
Miserable? It's in your genes, study claims
14 February 2011 - by Dr Lux Fatimathas
US researchers have found a correlation between levels of the brain chemical neuropeptide Y (NPY) and an individual's emotional wellbeing. Mutations in the NPY gene, leading to decreased levels of the molecule, correlated with a decreased ability to deal with stressful situations and an increased susceptibility to depression.... [Read More]
France to renew stem cell regulation
14 February 2011 - by Rosemary Paxman
France's parliament is to debate on whether current bioethics laws prohibiting research on human embryos should be eased.... [Read More]
Genetic link to sleepwalking: A dream or reality?
14 February 2011 - by Owen Clark
A new study has demonstrated a genetic link to sleepwalking, a condition that affects up to ten percent of children and 1 in 50 adults.... [Read More]
'Health bodies shouldn't cut IVF funding', says public health minister
14 February 2011 - by Ayesha Ahmad
Public health minister Anne Milton has said NHS Primary Care Trust's should follow existing guidelines and offer three cycles of IVF to eligible couples.... [Read More]
Event Review: Unnatural - The Heretical Idea of Making People
14 February 2011 - by Dr Rachael Panizzo
The creation of human life through artificial means is often portrayed as an inherently dangerous and unnatural process, where the product of any such attempt is assumed to be somehow inferior and lacking in humanity. This is a recurrent idea that looms over contemporary debate surrounding many scientific advances and technologies in biology, from reproductive cloning to embryonic stem cell (ESC) research, IVF and human genetics.... [Read More]

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