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CONTENTS Issue #606
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TV Review: The Gene Code - The Book of Life/Unlocking the Code
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Genes, ancestry and racial identity
9 May 2011 - by Dr Peter J Aspinall
The Progress Educational Trust's recent debate 'Is There a Place for Race in Biology' generated lively discussion around whether the accurate identification of genetically-distinct populations is possible or desirable. The semantic issue of whether the term 'race' in this context should be abandoned in favour of 'ethnicity', 'ancestry', or some other term was also raised... [Read More]
Choice, autonomy and eugenics: Thoughts on the HGC's report on preconception genetic testing and screening
9 May 2011 - by Dr Ainsley Newson
As highlighted in BioNews, in early April 2011 the UK's Human Genetics Commission (HGC) published a report supporting preconception genetic testing and screening (1). Preconception screening, which can be broadly described as identifying carriers of genetic mutations to inform reproductive decision-making for the person tested or his/her relatives, is well established in some jurisdictions but relatively unknown in the UK... [Read More]
Can reducing stress really improve IVF success rates?
9 May 2011 - by Dr Kimberley Bryon-Dodd
Women who attended a mind and body course shortly before undergoing IVF demonstrated increased pregnancy rates compared with those that did not, a US study has found. The findings suggest that stress relief may increase the likelihood of becoming pregnant from IVF.... [Read More]
Happy disposition? New study claims it could be in your genes
9 May 2011 - by Dr Lux Fatimathas
British scientists say they have discovered a link between an individual's satisfaction with life and the type of 5-HTT gene they carry. The 5-HTT gene encodes a transporter for the brain chemical serotonin, which has previously been associated with regulating mood. Individuals carrying the long version of the gene were shown to... [Read More]
US plans to enrol one million veterans for new DNA bank
9 May 2011 - by Chris Chatterton
The US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced in Washington last week that the Million Veteran Program (MVP), a research project that aims to collect DNA, lifestyle and other health data from one million veterans under the care of the VA, was being rolled out nationally from 5 May 2011.... [Read More]
Surrogate child denied German passport
9 May 2011 - by Nisha Satkunarajah
A child born to a surrogate mother in India has been refused German citizenship despite the intending German parents being named on the birth certificate.... [Read More]
Researchers discover gene linked to rare brain disorder
9 May 2011 - by Rosemary Paxman
A gene mutation thought to be responsible for the rare hereditary brain disorder Kufs disease has been identified, scientists report. The research was carried out by Dr Melanie Bahlo and her team at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute's bioinformatics department in Parkville, Australia... [Read More]
Women with Turner syndrome using donor eggs carry a higher risk, claims study
9 May 2011 - by Dr Rosie Gilchrist
New research suggests that pregnancy via egg donation, in women with Turner's syndrome, carries an increased risk for both mother and child... [Read More]
Lower IVF success in women of African origin linked to autoimmunity, suggests study
9 May 2011 - by Mehmet Fidanboylu
A genetic predisposition towards autoimmune disease may be associated with lower pregnancy rates in IVF, a US study suggests. The findings offer a possible explanation for differences in IVF treatment outcomes between different ethnic groups.... [Read More]
TV Review: The Gene Code - The Book of Life/Unlocking the Code
9 May 2011 - by Professor Sandy Raeburn
Nearly twenty years ago, a medical school I know well was deciding whether to incorporate the university genetics department. One senior medical professor cautioned that science-focused geneticists would be well advised to stop studying fruit flies, snails and other animal species in favour of 'real genetic research' into human genetics.... [Read More]

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