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CONTENTS Issue #637 (12 December 2011)
COMMENT
NEWS DIGEST
REVIEWS
Book Review: The Reproductive System at a Glance
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Of family and finance: Israeli citizens without rights and HFEA remuneration
12 December 2011 - by Dr Ruth Shidlo
Living in Israel, where gamete donor anonymity still rules supreme, I confess I envy the UK's clear focus on the welfare of the donor conceived child and the evolution of the legal rights of offspring... [Read More]
Progress Educational Trust conference: Making the grade
12 December 2011 - by James Brooks
The third session of the Progress Educational Trust's annual conference 'The Best Possible Start in Life: The Robust and Responsive Embryo' boasted a redoubtable roll-call of eminent clinicians and researchers as speakers... [Read More]
Frozen embryos 'lost' by Ramsgate IVF
12 December 2011 - by Jessica Ware
A fertility clinic in Kent is under investigation after reports that staff may have lost a woman's embryos. Alison Austin-Hennessy, 31, said she and her husband Michael were informed by a consultant at the private Chaucer Hospital that their embryos had been misplaced.... [Read More]
Overstretched regulator to police IVF clinics
12 December 2011 - by Oliver Timmis
The Care Quality Commission (CQC) will take over policing of IVF clinics, despite worries it cannot cope with the additional workload... [Read More]
First clinical grade, 'gold standard' stem cells created
12 December 2011 - by Victoria Kay
The world's first 'clinical grade' human embryonic stem cells have been donated to the UK Stem Cell Bank (UKSCB). The high quality cell lines are expected to become the gold standard for developing new cell-based therapies for serious medical conditions, including spinal cord injuries... [Read More]
Multiple sclerosis and vitamin D linked by rare genetic variant
12 December 2011 - by Owen Clark
A rare genetic variant causing lower levels of vitamin D has been linked to multiple sclerosis (MS), according to scientists... [Read More]
Sperm donor told to halt production by US regulator
12 December 2011 - by Dr Nadeem Shaikh
A man in the United States is reportedly being investigated by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) after offering his sperm for donation. Trent Arsenault, a 36 year-old computer security expert from California, has set up a website offering his sperm without charge to anyone who wishes to use it to have a baby.... [Read More]
New UK stem cell centre coming to London
12 December 2011 - by Julianna Photopoulos
A new Technology and Innovation Centre in Cell Therapy will open in London and receive funding of up to £50 million, the Technology Strategy Board announced. The new cell therapy centre, due to open in April 2012, is part of a £220 million programme to boost technology and manufacturing in the UK... [Read More]
US National Institutes of Health put $416 million into personalised medicine
12 December 2011 - by Mehmet Fidanboylu
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) in the US has demonstrated its intent to make personalised medicine a reality by outlining plans for projects set to cost almost half a billion US dollars... [Read More]
UK High Court grants parental orders in Indian surrogacy case
12 December 2011 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza
The UK's High Court has granted parental orders to a couple over two children born through an international surrogacy arrangement, ruling that payments made to the Indian surrogates were not 'disproportionate'... [Read More]
Book Review: The Reproductive System at a Glance
12 December 2011 - by Dr Rebecca Robey
As a biomedical research scientist recently returned to university to retrain as a medic, I am very much the target audience for the re-issued academic textbook 'The Reproductive System at a Glance', which provides a succinct guide to all facets of human reproduction... [Read More]

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