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CONTENTS Issue #617
Event Review: Research with Living Beings
TV Review: Extraordinary Me - Josie, My Cancer Curse
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Preconception testing and screening: Has the HGC covered all the bases?
25 July 2011 - by Dr Ainsley Newson
Has the Human Genetics Commission (HGC)'s recent report on population-wide preconception genetic testing and screening convincingly demonstrated that this practice raises 'no specific ethical, legal or social principles' that would make population screening unacceptable?... [Read More]
Improve donor recruitment: listen to donors
25 July 2011 - by Kriss Fearon
Some of the most persuasive advocates for egg and sperm donation are donors. We become donors because we care about others and are proud of our decision to help infertile people build families. But donors' voices are seldom heard and it's too easy to overlook the impact of our experiences on donor recruitment... [Read More]
No action to be taken on fertility clinic that implanted wrong embryo
25 July 2011 - by Ayesha Ahmad
A fertility clinic in Hong Kong has admitted to implanting two embryos into the wrong woman earlier this month. The embryos, belonging to another patient at the clinic, were removed and discarded by the clinic upon discovery of the mistake. The women affected are said to have received counseling and compensation from the clinic.... [Read More]
Warning over animal-human hybrids
25 July 2011 - by Dr Rachael Panizzo
Medical research involving animals that contain human material (ACHM) raises new ethical concerns and should be more tightly regulated, warns a new report by the Academy of Medical Sciences.... [Read More]
More funding needed for UK to maintain its place in regenerative medicine research
25 July 2011 - by Julianna Photopoulos
Funding from private, non-profit, and public sectors will be needed for the UK to maintain its 'world leading' role in regenerative medicine, according to a recent Government strategy report.... [Read More]
Genetic sperm 'invisibility cloak' clue to infertility
25 July 2011 - by Dr Kimberley Bryon-Dodd
A team of international scientists has found a common genetic variant which may explain why some men with normal sperm counts and good quality sperm are affected by infertility.... [Read More]
Genomic studies focus too heavily on Europeans
25 July 2011 - by Heidi Colleran
Ethnic and racial minorities are in danger of missing out on future medical advances - based on genetic research - because they are under-represented in basic studies, says a review published in Nature Genetics by a team of geneticists from Stanford University and University of California, San Francisco... [Read More]
Passive smoking damaged the DNA of mouse sperm
25 July 2011 - by Rosemary Paxman
Passive smoking may harm the DNA in sperm, a new study in mice has suggested. If the findings are replicated in humans, genetic defects linked to passive smoking could be passed on to children, the researchers advise.... [Read More]
Longevity study short-lived: Science retracts genetics of ageing paper
25 July 2011 - by Dr Lux Fatimathas
The journal Science has retracted a controversial paper on the genetics of extreme longevity by scientists at Boston University. The paper, released online last year, was retracted before publication in print following a formal ‘expression of concern’ regarding fundamental technical flaws.... [Read More]
Brain scans find similarities in children with autism
25 July 2011 - by Mehmet Fidanboylu
Children with autism and their siblings share similar patterns of reduced activity in brain regions linked to empathy, according to new research carried out at the University of Cambridge, UK. The researchers believe these findings could lead to a greater understanding of the role of genes in autism and the development of techniques for predicting the risk of developing autism in the future.... [Read More]
Event Review: Research with Living Beings
25 July 2011 - by Wei Wei Cao
Against a background of growing controversy over the use of embryos and primates for research purposes, a two-day conference entitled 'Research with Living Beings', funded by the Wellcome Trust, the AHRC Centre for Law, Gender and Sexuality, and the Centre for Law Ethics and Society (Keele), was held at Keele University... [Read More]
TV Review: Extraordinary Me - Josie, My Cancer Curse
25 July 2011 - by Daniel Malynn
This documentary forms part of a BBC Three series 'Extraordinary Me', which follows the lives of young people with incredible stories to tell. This episode follows Josie and her family through the trials and tribulations of genetic testing.... [Read More]

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