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CONTENTS Issue #608
Book Review: Human Cloning in the Media
TV Review: Inside the Human Body - Creation
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Will pharmacogenetics lead to colour-coded medicine?
23 May 2011 - by Nishat Hyder
'Will pharmacogenetics lead to colour-coded medicine?' was the question posed at the Progress Educational Trust (PET)'s panel discussion on 10 May 2011. This event, which is part of a wider project, 'Genes, ancestry and racial identity: Does it matter where your genes come from?' was held at the Foresight Centre, University of Liverpool... [Read More]
Transferring single embryos: Education ain't enough
23 May 2011 - by Dr Alan Thornhill
When asked why having twins isn't a good idea, I struggle. I start trotting out the party line, the obstetric risks and risks to the babies themselves, and then begin to shuffle my feet. It's complicated, I say, hoping they will move onto another topic... [Read More]
US court overturns block to stem cell funding
23 May 2011 - by Nisha Satkunarajah
The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has overturned a preliminary injunction banning federal spending on research involving human embryonic stem cells (hESC)... [Read More]
German parliament to debate PGD bills
23 May 2011 - by Nishat Hyder
The German parliament will debate the country’s law on PGD following the introduction of three separate bills on the issue. Two of the bills allow PGD under certain circumstances, the other calls for a total ban.... [Read More]
Genes and depression, researchers find new region of interest
23 May 2011 - by Dr Rosie Morley
Scientists believe they have identified a new genetic link to severe depression.... [Read More]
Scientists uncover 'key gene' linked to regulation of body fat
23 May 2011 - by Dr Kimberley Bryon-Dodd
Scientists say they have found a 'master regulator' gene, KLF14, which controls how active some fat metabolism genes are in your fat cells.... [Read More]
How long will you live? Nobel winner claims new test can help
23 May 2011 - by Mehmet Fidanboylu
Scientists claim they have developed a blood test that can predict how fast a person is ageing. The test, developed in Spain, is set to be available in the UK soon.... [Read More]
Stem cell setback: Reprogrammed stem cells may induce immune response
23 May 2011 - by Dr Rebecca Robey
IPS (induced pluripotent stem) cells from mice can be recognised by their own immune system and destroyed, scientists at the University of California, San Diego, have found... [Read More]
UK Military Covenant: Promise of three IVF cycles for injured
23 May 2011 - by Dr Lux Fatimathas
UK military personnel who have sustained injuries affecting their fertility will receive three free cycles of IVF treatment on the NHS. This forms part of the Military Covenant, which is soon to be brought into law... [Read More]
NHS South West Essex resumes IVF funding
23 May 2011 - by Kyrillos Georgiadis
NHS South West Essex has reinstated funding for IVF seven months after suspending the service. The move comes after the PCT reduced running costs by £400,000 last year to financially break even... [Read More]
Canadian woman wins legal case to end donor anonymity in British Columbia
23 May 2011 - by Sarah Pritchard
Anonymous egg and sperm donation will no longer be permitted in British Columbia (BC), Canada, after a donor-conceived woman, Olivia Pratten, took the provincial government to court to argue that its adoption laws discriminated against individuals such as herself.... [Read More]
Controversial stem cell centre closes
23 May 2011 - by Antony Starza-Allen
A controversial stem cell therapy center operating out of Dusseldorf and Cologne, Germany, has closed. The news follows an undercover investigation by the Sunday Telegraph which claimed that the clinic offered unproven and dangerous stem cell therapies.... [Read More]
Book Review: Human Cloning in the Media
23 May 2011 - by Dr Amy Strange
Science's journey from fiction into reality is an adventurous ride. So I began to read 'Human Cloning in the Media', a book about how cloning is making this trip, with high expectations. The book examines 'the making of technoscience, the making (and policing) of an international scientific community and the making of publics who can appropriately engage with this technoscience'... [Read More]
TV Review: Inside the Human Body - Creation
23 May 2011 - by Professor Allan Pacey
'Inside the Human Body' is the new science series playing out on BBC One at 9pm on Thursday evenings. It is a four-part series showing the workings of the human body and is presented by Michael Mosley. The first programme (broadcast on 5 May 2011) titled 'Creation' took the viewer on a spectacular journey to illustrate the science of conception, fetal development and birth... [Read More]

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