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CONTENTS Issue #599
Film Review: Made in India
Event Review: Stem Cell Therapies - Where Are We?
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HFEA: time for rebirth or burial?
14 March 2011 - by Ann Furedi
From March 2002 until June 2003, I worked for the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) - first as Director of Communications and then I acquired responsibility for policy and governance... [Read More]
Australia leads the way, but does it fall over at the last hurdle?
14 March 2011 - by Damian Adams
On Thursday 10 February 2011, the Australian Senate's Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee tabled its report in Parliament on its inquiry into donor conception practices in Australia. This was a landmark moment because it represented the world's largest and most comprehensive review of this subject. The inquiry received submissions from all stakeholders... [Read More]
Genetic clues to a self-healing skin cancer discovered by scientists
14 March 2011 - by Dr Sarah Spain
An international collaborative team, including Cancer Research UK scientists from the University of Dundee, has uncovered the genetic cause of a rare type of skin cancer. The condition called Ferguson-Smith disease, is also known as multiple self-healing squamous epithelioma (MSSE)... [Read More]
HFEA asks scientists for advice on mitochondrial disease treatment
14 March 2011 - by MacKenna Roberts
Health Secretary, Andrew Lansley has asked the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) to convene an expert group 'to assess the effectiveness and safety' of a fertility treatment that would enable children to be born without potentially devastating, incurable mitochondrial diseases. [Read More]
UK Government has 'no intention to revisit' the HFE Act
14 March 2011 - by Antony Starza-Allen
Health Minister Earl Frederick Howe has made reassurances that the Government has no intention of revisiting the ethical safeguards in the UK's fertility, embryology and human tissue legislation in the proposed arm's-length body reform process.... [Read More]
Sex, spines and human evolution
14 March 2011 - by Leo Perfect
Scientists from Stanford University, California, have compared human and chimpanzee genomes, revealing intriguing differences that may underlie the evolution of our species.... [Read More]
New genetic markers for heart disease discovered
14 March 2011 - by MacKenna Roberts
An international research consortium has discovered 13 new genetic markers and confirmed ten previously identified markers associated with heart disease. The study, one of the world's largest, more than doubles the known genetic risk factors for coronary artery disease, a common cause of heart attacks and strokes.... [Read More]
West Cheshire poised to suspend IVF funding
14 March 2011 - by Sujatha Jayakody
West Cheshire will decide this month whether to become the latest region to suspend NHS-funded IVF treatment. The West Cheshire Health Consortium, which is made up of 38 GP practices, claims it needs to cut IVF to deliver healthcare to its aging population... [Read More]
Australian donor conception report published
14 March 2011 - by Ben Jones
An Australian Senate Standing Committee has published a report calling for widespread updates to the law governing donor conception, including greater monitoring of compliance among clinics and practitioners and the development of new forms of oversight to support the current regulatory framework.... [Read More]
Film Review: Made in India
14 March 2011 - by Rachel Lloyd
The feature-length documentary 'Made in India' tackles cross-border surrogacy head-on by going beyond the sensational headlines to uncover for the first time the personal lives and choices of the surrogates and infertile people involved. The film follows an American couple, Lisa and Brian Switzer, on their quest to have a baby... [Read More]
Event Review: Stem Cell Therapies - Where Are We?
14 March 2011 - by Rosemary Paxman
Stem cell research is one of the most exciting areas of 21st century science. If offers potentially revolutionary ways to repair diseased and damaged body tissues by replacing them with healthy cells. But how close are we to bringing such therapies to the clinic?... [Read More]

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