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CONTENTS Issue #640
BioNews reader survey 2012: have your say!
Crystal ball gazing: fertility treatment in 2012
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BioNews reader survey 2012: have your say!
16 January 2012 - by Kerry Dyus
The BioNews editors and PET staff are keen to understand readers' views of BioNews and, most importantly, how BioNews can be improved. So, we need every single one of you to complete the 2012 BioNews reader survey. It's online, easy to complete, and should only take a few minutes of your time... [Read More]
Crystal ball gazing: fertility treatment in 2012
16 January 2012 - by Professor Allan Pacey
Crystal ball gazing has never been my strong suit but I found myself rising to the challenge now that I have taken over the mantle of Chairman of the British Fertility Society. What is clear is that 2012 should turn out to be an interesting year... [Read More]
Stem cells could offer a future free from insulin injections
16 January 2012 - by Ayesha Jadoon
'Re-training' immune cells in people with type 1 diabetes reduces the amount of insulin they need to inject, according to a results from a small clinical trial... [Read More]
Mice live up to three times longer after progenitor cell injections
16 January 2012 - by Ruth Saunders
Stem cell injections have been found to slow down the effects of aging in mice. Researchers have developed a stem cell treatment that significantly slows down aging and increases life span in mice with progeria, a rare genetic disease causing advanced aging... [Read More]
'High risk' prostate cancer gene found
16 January 2012 - by Dr Linda Wijlaars
A rare gene variant that could increase the risk of prostate cancer has been identified by researchers in the USA. Although the variant accounts for only a small fraction of all prostate cancers, the study found it was more common in men with an inherited form of the cancer and in those who are diagnosed before the age of 55... [Read More]
One or two embryos in IVF? It depends on your age, study says
16 January 2012 - by Dr Lux Fatimathas
The transfer of one or two embryos during IVF should be dependent on the age of the mother, according to a UK study... [Read More]
Lifespan predicted by DNA test - in zebra finches
16 January 2012 - by Dr Maria Botcharova
Analysis of person's DNA when they are still young could provide important clues about how long they will live, if a study on zebra finches is anything to go by. Research shows that the best indicator of the birds' longevity is the length of a section of genetic code at the end of their chromosomes, called the telomere... [Read More]
No negative impact for surrogate's own children
16 January 2012 - by Dr Rebecca Robey
Acting as a surrogate does not negatively affect the psychological wellbeing of the surrogate's own children, according to a new study from the Centre for Family Research, University of Cambridge.... [Read More]
IVF funding cuts spark access concerns
16 January 2012 - by Jessica Ware
The number of publicly funded IVF cycles dropped by nearly 14 percent this financial year in the UK, an investigation by the GP magazine Pulse has revealed... [Read More]
Desktop machine can sequence a genome in one day for £650
16 January 2012 - by Dr Zara Mahmoud
A US biotechnology firm has unveiled an automated desktop DNA sequencer that can decode the sequence of the human genome in one day for as little as $1,000 (£650). Given its first public viewing at a consumer electronics show in Las Vegas, Life Technologies Corporation's Ion Proton sequencer uses microchips similar to those found in digital cameras... [Read More]
Book Review: Precious Babies - a counsellor's view
16 January 2012 - by Jenny Dunlop
Kate Brian's book, a combination of personal stories and expert advice, fills a gap for many people who have conceived through fertility treatment, but realise that the physical and emotional impact continues well after the treatment has ended... [Read More]
Book Review: Precious Babies - a donor-conceived person's view
16 January 2012 - by Rachel Pepa
As an informal guide to having children after fertility problems, Precious Babies has much to recommend it. There is, however, an omission which, as a donor conceived (DC) person, I found particularly troublesome - the book is entirely devoid of DC voices... [Read More]

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