Page URL:
CONTENTS Issue #605
BioNews Appeal: Please donate HERE to keep BioNews independent and FREE to read

You are currently viewing the Alert version of the BioNews email newsletter.

Click the tab above to view the Full Text version

Welcome to BioNews by email, published by the Progress Educational Trust, providing you with news, comment and reviews on genetics, assisted conception, embryo/stem cell research and related areas. 

Visit the BioNews website at where you can subscribe for free to receive BioNews by email in one of three formats, and search the archive of more than 8,000 articles.

Gamete Donation Review - not the HFEA's finest hour
3 May 2011 - by Professor Eric Blyth
During its 20-year history, the UK's Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) has notched up significant achievements in the regulation of assisted human reproduction that have rightly drawn respect worldwide. An important characteristic of the HFEA's approach to regulation has been its use of public consultations to inform policy development... [Read More]
IVF and the prevention of mitochondrial DNA disease: the moral issues
3 May 2011 - by Professor Alison Murdoch
Medicine has faced many controversial milestones, none more so than those involving reproduction. The UK Government must now decide whether we can use IVF technology to reduce the risk of transmission of mitochondrial DNA abnormalities. Will they accept it or reject it?... [Read More]
NHS Warwickshire resumes fertility funding
3 May 2011 - by Sarah Pritchard
NHS Warwickshire is to resume providing fertility services this month after it suspended many routine procedures last summer amid financial concerns.... [Read More]
Delay to avoiding mitochondrial disease in babies
3 May 2011 - by MacKenna Roberts
Further research is needed into the safety and effectiveness of techniques to prevent children being born with mitochondrial disease, a Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) report has concluded... [Read More]
Another gene linked to ADHD
3 May 2011 - by Dr Tamara Hirsch
Korean scientists have uncovered another gene, GIT1, linked to Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). The study published in Nature Medicine lends further support to a genetic basis for this behavioural condition, which is sometimes attributed to poor parenting.... [Read More]
Pregnancy diet linked to childhood obesity
3 May 2011 - by Dr Kimberley Bryon-Dodd
An international study has found an association between lower consumption of carbohydrates during early pregnancy and the activity of a gene thought to be linked to increased fat levels in children... [Read More]
Whole-genome sequencing may improve cancer diagnosis
3 May 2011 - by Mehmet Fidanboylu
Two US studies have demonstrated how whole-genome screening can help improve cancer treatment and diagnosis. The researchers claim to have taken a major step towards using this type of screening to help predict patients' responses to different treatments based on their genetics... [Read More]
Mouse study may offer new clues to miscarriage risk
3 May 2011 - by Dr Charlotte Maden
A new study looking at the regulation of egg production in mice ovaries has identified a defect in 'quality control', which may help scientists understand why some women have a miscarriage during pregnancy... [Read More]
Genes linked to coffee drinking
3 May 2011 - by Dr Jay Stone
US researchers have identified two genes that could explain why some of us are tempted to reach for those caffeine-packed drinks... [Read More]
New method '100-fold' better at stem cell reprogramming
3 May 2011 - by Dr Marianne Kennedy
A novel and more efficient method for generating induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) from adult cells using small RNA molecules has been discovered by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in the USA... [Read More]
Journalists launch  'fertility tourism' investigation
3 May 2011 - by Julianna Photopoulos
A BBC Radio Scotland investigation examining examples of 'fertility tourism' has highlighted the emotional, physical and financial concerns faced by couples travelling abroad to seek fertility treatment... [Read More]
School Resource Pack Review: Spectrum of Opinion - Genes, Autism and Psychological Spectrum Disorders
3 May 2011 - by Ata Anane
Autism spectrum disorders are rarely out of the headlines. Take, for example, reports of last year's 'breakthrough' in the diagnosis of autism and the infamous research of Andrew Wakefield. This resource pack brings this public and medical debate into the classroom and makes it suitable for students over 16 years of age... [Read More]

Advertising in BioNews

BioNews is read by around 18,000 people every week. Our readership is predominantly in the UK, but we have subscribers in 44 countries. That is a lot of people with an interest in assisted conception, genetics, embryo/stem cell research and related areas.

Advertisements (up to 300 words in length) start from as little as £75, making BioNews a very cost effective way to reach your target audience.

The Progress Educational Trust can personally vouch for the service, as the charity has itself successfully engaged members of staff via BioNews. Why not save money by recruiting through BioNews, and help keep BioNews FREE at the same time?

If you would like further information about advertising a job or opportunity in BioNews, please contact Sarah Norcross on +44 (0)20 7278 7870 or at

Sarah Norcross
Director, Progress Educational Trust
140 Gray's Inn Road
London, WC1X 8AX