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CONTENTS Issue #614
Event Review: Selective Reproduction, Bioethics, and the Idea of Eugenics
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BioNews editors resequenced
30 June 2011 - by Sarah Norcross
This week sees a change (or should that be a mutation?) of BioNews Genetics Editor, as Dr Rebecca Hill takes over from Chris Chatterton... [Read More]
IVF, donor conception and surrogacy: Is progressive global regulation possible?
4 July 2011 - by Louisa Ghevaert
Assisted reproduction in the form of IVF, donor conception and surrogacy is challenging global attitudes towards medical science and is presenting a unique global regulatory challenge.... [Read More]
Google Baby: A lesson in global capitalism
4 July 2011 - by Professor Anne Kerr
Zippi Brand Frank's documentary 'Google Baby' gives us a fascinating insight into the global business of making babies. The programme follows an Israeli business man as he recruits commissioning parents via the internet, US brokers and egg donors, Indian assisted conception clinics and gestational surrogates .... [Read More]
Stress response spans generations
4 July 2011 - by Ruth Pidsley
Scientists have shown that the effects of stress can be passed from one generation to the next via chemical changes to the DNA which turn genes on or off without altering the code itself.... [Read More]
Genetic variations linked to body fat
4 July 2011 - by Dr Marianne Kennedy
Scientists have linked a so-called ‘lean gene’ to an increased likelihood of developing heart disease and type II diabetes.... [Read More]
Court of Appeal rejects claim for 'different skin colour' following IVF mix-up
4 July 2011 - by Antony Starza-Allen
The Court of Appeal in Northern Ireland has dismissed two children's claim for damages brought against an unnamed Health and Social Services Trust for negligence in their parents' IVF treatment.... [Read More]
Recommendations on cross-border reproductive travel published
4 July 2011 - by Rose Palmer
The shortage of egg and sperm donors, and the cost of IVF in the UK, need to be addressed to reduce the number of people travelling abroad for fertility treatment, according to a report published this week.... [Read More]
HIV drugs can lead to premature ageing of mitochondrial DNA
4 July 2011 - by Mehmet Fidanboylu
New research has revealed that a group of generic anti-HIV drugs may be linked to premature ageing. The study, which was carried out by UK scientists at the Institute of Genetic Medicine at Newcastle University, could explain why people treated with this class of drugs sometimes show signs of age-related conditions, such as heart disease and dementia.... [Read More]
Ovarian stimulation linked to egg abnormalities in older mothers
4 July 2011 - by Dr Lux Fatimathas
European researchers have linked ovarian stimulation in women aged over 35 to increased chromosomal abnormalities. Genetic screening shows that the production of oocytes is disrupted during fertility treatment involving ovarian stimulation... [Read More]
Turning up the volume on silenced genes
4 July 2011 - by Suzanne Elvidge
Researchers at the Fox Chase Cancer Centre, Philadelphia, USA, have elucidated the mechanism behind one form of gene silencing, which may open up a new route to cancer treatment.... [Read More]
Event Review: Selective Reproduction, Bioethics, and the Idea of Eugenics
4 July 2011 - by Jennie Bristow
A seminar entitled 'Selective Reproduction, Bioethics, and the Idea of Eugenics' held at the Wellcome Collection Conference Centre on 6 June attempted to untangle what is meant by the contemporary 'idea of eugenics' in relation to bioethics and, specifically, selective reproduction. Stephen Wilkinson, professor of Bioethics at Keele University and author of 'Choosing Tomorrow's Children: The ethics of selective reproduction', asked the question: 'Is the fact that an action or policy is a case... [Read More]

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