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Smokers denied access to assisted conception
28 November 2011 - by Nicola Drury
An increasing number of NHS clinics that provide assisted reproduction technologies (ART) are denying treatment to women who smoke or have a partner who smokes. But is it appropriate for any lifestyle factors to be used to deny state-funded treatment? And where should the line be drawn between medical 'advice' and 'restrictions'?... [Read More]
Embryo relinquishment for family building – what's in a name?
28 November 2011 - by Professor Eric Blyth and Dr Lucy Frith
In the US the relinquishment of embryos for family building is the subject of intense ideological debate. This has occurred not least because of the competing discourses of models of 'embryo donation' and 'embryo adoption'... [Read More]
Mouse fetal stem cells mend mum's broken heart
28 November 2011 - by Dr Sophie Pryor
Mouse fetal stem cells can travel from the placenta to heal their mother's damaged heart, US scientists have found. The discovery may explain why some women who suffer heart failure during or shortly after pregnancy recover faster, and offers hope for new treatment methods using human fetal stem cells... [Read More]
Mouse study offers hope for treating leading genetic cause of infant death
28 November 2011 - by Suzanne Elvidge
Researchers have made a step forward in the treatment of spinal muscular atrophy, a serious genetic disorder, by using a stretch of RNA to trigger mice into producing a back-up version of a missing protein... [Read More]
Short people 'short' on genes
28 November 2011 - by Dr Rebecca Hill
Short people can blame deleted sections of DNA for their diminutive stature, according to a study looking at variations in the genomes of over 12,000 children... [Read More]
UK cancer charity launches project to develop personalised medicines
28 November 2011 - by Dr Rosie Gilchrist
An initiative has been launched to collect genetic data from NHS cancer patients in the hope of developing new, personalised treatments.... [Read More]
Another blunder at IVF Wales as donor eggs are destroyed
28 November 2011 - by Julianna Photopoulos
Another blunder at IVF Wales in Cardiff destroyed a batch of 'exceptional' eggs only hours after they were donated, leaving a couple devastated... [Read More]
Step forward in pioneering stem cell trial for motor neurone disease
28 November 2011 - by Dr Marianne Kennedy
On 18 November, Richard Grosjean became the first patient to receive a pioneering stem cell treatment in the upper part of the spinal cord. His procedure is part of an ongoing US-based clinical trial aimed at assessing the safety of injecting neural stem cells taken from eight-week-old fetuses into the spinal cords of patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)... [Read More]
'Stolen' sperm spawns twins, lawsuit
28 November 2011 - by Jessica Ware
A man is suing a US fertility clinic in negligence for 'mental and economic injuries' after alleging it used his 'stolen' sperm to impregnate his girlfriend without his consent.... [Read More]
Event Review: Field of Genes - DNA Testing to Find Future Olympic Champions
28 November 2011 - by Eleanor White
Would you let your 10-year-old child sit out of PE classes if they were not built for sport? Would it inspire you to do better if you found out your genes indicated that you're not likely to succeed at it? Or would it demoralise you to the point that you give up on something you love?... [Read More]
TV Review: Donor (episode of Moving On)
28 November 2011 - by Rachel Lloyd
'All I want is some bodily fluids, are you really going to begrudge me that?' - 'Donor', the third episode in BBC One's contemporary daytime drama series 'Moving On' tackled issues of infertility, sperm donation, parenthood and the societal expectation on women to become mothers... [Read More]

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