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CONTENTS Issue #610
Book Review: The Scots - A Genetic Journey
TV Review: True Stories - Google Baby
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Here we go again: misinformation and confusion on consanguineous marriage continues
6 June 2011 - by Professor Alan Bittles
Not having been in the audience for Professor Steve Jones' John Maddox Lecture at the Hay Festival 2011 - distance and the lack of an invitation being my excuses - I have had to rely on reports on its content in the press. And according to the testament of Jonathan Wynne-Jones, religious affairs correspondent of the Telegraph, a highly entertaining event it seems to have been... [Read More]
Countdown begins for ending donor anonymity in British Columbia: Lessons for us all?
6 June 2011 - by Professor Eric Blyth and Dr Marilyn Crawshaw
The regulation of assisted human reproduction in Canada has had a long and tortuous history. Twenty one years after a Royal Commission appointed by the federal government recommended legislation (1), and following several failed attempts to get legislation through the Canadian parliament, the Assisted Human Reproduction Act 2004 came into force (2)... [Read More]
Eggs grown in laboratory may offer fertility hope for young cancer patients
6 June 2011 - by Dr Charlotte Maden
British scientists have grown mature eggs from undeveloped ones in the laboratory and are currently seeking permission to fertilise them. The new research gives hope to young girls undergoing treatment for cancer that may leave them infertile... [Read More]
Genes linked to Paget's disease of bone
6 June 2011 - by Dr Kimberley Bryon-Dodd
Three genetic regions have been linked for the first time to a bone disease called Paget's disease by an international research team. Genes in these regions and four others identified in a previous study explain about 13 percent of the risk of developing the disease.... [Read More]
MS the result of genetics and environment, study suggests
6 June 2011 - by Mehmet Fidanboylu
Researchers have found a link between genetics and the environment that may help to explain the development of multiple sclerosis (MS). The study, published in Nature Communications, identified how vitamin D obtained through diet or sunlight, interacts with certain genes... [Read More]
Direct-to-consumer genetic test results are questionable, research suggests
6 June 2011 - by Rosemary Paxman
Direct-to-consumer (DTC) genetic tests provide an inaccurate prediction of disease risk and offer little benefit to consumers, scientists claim... [Read More]
Study finds key genes involved in aggressive form of breast cancer
6 June 2011 - by Dr Rachael Panizzo
Scientists have identified a set of 15 genes that are associated with triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC), an aggressive form of the disease that does not respond to the drugs commonly used to treat other types of breast cancer... [Read More]
Gene disease association is often exaggerated, study finds
6 June 2011 - by Dr Lux Fatimathas
The link between genetic markers and disease risk is often overstated, say American and Greek researchers. The scientists reviewed the associations identified in highly cited studies, where there was subsequent data available from larger studies... [Read More]
'Octomum' doctor's medical licence revoked
6 June 2011 - by Kyrillos Georgiadis
The US fertility doctor who helped 'octomum' Nadya Suleman give birth to a total of 14 children through repeated IVF treatments, has had his licence revoked by the Medical Board of California.... [Read More]
PGD could offer new hope for mitochondrial disease parents
6 June 2011 - by Dr Marianne Kennedy
Women at risk of passing on mitochondrial disease to their children could use PGD to give birth to an unaffected child. The scientists at Maastricht University Medical Centre in the Netherlands claim their work has the potential to prevent the transmission of mitochondrial diseases... [Read More]
Woman 'stole' husband's sperm to have children
6 June 2011 - by Nisha Satkunarajah
A man who froze his sperm at a fertility clinic over ten years ago has spoken of his distress after finding out his ex-wife had tricked the clinic into using the sperm, resulting in the birth of two children. He was then ordered by a court to pay 100,000 towards their upbringing... [Read More]
Experts say '15' may not be the perfect number for IVF success after all
6 June 2011 - by Dr Rosie Morley
A US fertility clinic has issued a press release warning against simplistic interpretations of a recent report on IVF success rates... [Read More]
Inquiry launched after UK prisoner given right to have child from jail
6 June 2011 - by Ben Jones
A public inquiry has been launched by the UK's Justice Secretary Kenneth Clarke after a newspaper's freedom of information request revealed a prisoner was granted permission to provide sperm for use in artificial insemination with his partner while in custody... [Read More]
Book Review: The Scots - A Genetic Journey
6 June 2011 - by Rosie Beauchamp
Along with complaining about the weather, tracing ancestry appears to be a much loved British pastime, and this examination of the genetic heritage of modern Scotland is in many respects a natural extension of this fascination.... [Read More]
TV Review: True Stories - Google Baby
6 June 2011 - by Daniel Malynn
This documentary looks at the financial and human cost of international surrogacy and exposes the harsh reality of so-called 'fertility tourism'. It mainly focuses on an Indian fertility clinic, but also visits Israel and the USA... [Read More]

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