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TV Review: Bang Goes the Theory
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When you've tried everything under the sun, should you look to the stars?
11 April 2011 - by Sile Lane
At The Fertility Show in November 2010 Nicola Smuts ran a busy booth offering advice for fertility problems. She spoke to couples about finding the optimum time for trying IVF, about sperm motility and morphology, and about number and condition of eggs. She says she has helped scores of women... [Read More]
BioNews Birthday Appeal receives welcome boost
11 April 2011 - by Sarah Norcross
The Birthday Appeal received a welcome boost from people attending the Progress Educational Trust's debate 'Is there a Place for Race in Biology?' last week.... [Read More]
Is there a place for race in biology?
11 April 2011 - by Dr Jess Buxton
This evening debate, organised by the Progress Educational Trust (PET) in partnership with University College London's Genetics Institute, and supported by the Wellcome Trust, marked the launch of PET's project 'Genes, Ancestry and Racial Identity: Does it Matter Where Your Genes Come From?' The first of what promises to be a very lively series of debates... [Read More]
Two US states consider 'ban' on embryonic stem cell research
11 April 2011 - by Nishat Hyder
The American states of Minnesota and Oklahoma are both in the process of passing legislation that will criminalise certain embryonic stem (ES) cell research procedures.... [Read More]
HFEA sets targets for multiple births to 15 percent
11 April 2011 - by Ayesha Ahmad
The maximum rate for multiple births following IVF treatment in fertility centres has been set by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) at 15 percent.... [Read More]
No ethical barriers to pre-pregnancy DNA tests, say government advisors
11 April 2011 - by Harriet Vickers
The UK Government's advisory body on genetics has said there are no legal, social or ethical barriers to pre-pregnancy genetic screening, and that this could be offered routinely on the NHS. In a report out last week, the Human Genetics Commission (HGC) said testing should be 'equally available to all those who may benefit from it'.... [Read More]
Nuffield Council on Bioethics launches consultation on emerging biotechnologies
11 April 2011 - by Ben Jones
The Nuffield Council on Bioethics has begun a broad project exploring how legislators and members of the public respond to emerging biotechnologies. Calling for opinions and evidence, the Council has begun a preliminary consultation that seeks to identify common social, ethical, legal and policy issues raised by biotechnological developments... [Read More]
Mouse retina grown from stem cells
11 April 2011 - by Dr Rachael Panizzo
Embryonic stem cells have been used to generate a basic retina, the part of the eye that detects light and is needed for vision. The retinal tissue could be used to treat some forms of blindness, such as retinitis pigmentosa and age-related macular degeneration, and to investigate and screen potential new drugs for a range of eye diseases.... [Read More]
New Alzheimer's disease genes discovered
11 April 2011 - by Alison Cranage
International scientists including researchers at Cardiff University, UK and the University of Pennsylvania, USA have discovered five genetic variations associated with Alzheimer's disease. The findings are published in two papers in the journal Nature Genetics... [Read More]
Niece became surrogate to help aunt with fertility problems
11 April 2011 - by Dr Lux Fatimathas
A British woman has given birth to her cousin, as part of a surrogacy arrangement to help her aunt. The 29-year-old mother of three became pregnant from sperm donated by her aunt's husband, to whom she was not related by blood. This resulted in the birth of a baby girl who is both her biological daughter and cousin.... [Read More]
TV Review: Bang Goes the Theory
11 April 2011 - by Nkechi Nwachukwu
'Bang goes the theory' is a TV show that aims to bring science to the masses by 'putting science and technology to the test'. It tries to achieve this with the aid of four fairly young enthusiastic presenters and a fast-paced style. But did the show achieve its aim with IVF?... [Read More]

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