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CONTENTS Issue #645
An embarrassment of riches
£3.4 million is a heck of a lot of money!
Known donation on trial
Film Review: Genes and Life
Podcast Review: Expert Explanations - Evolutionary Genetics/Genetics
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An embarrassment of riches
20 February 2012 - by James Lawford Davies
It is evident that the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) has succeeded in reducing its costs and operating with greater financial efficiency. This is in part reflected in the remarkable £3.4 million of surplus funds held by the HFEA which was discussed at the recent Authority meeting in January and subsequently reported in the media... [Read More]
£3.4 million is a heck of a lot of money!
20 February 2012 - by Clare Lewis-Jones MBE
I was shocked when I heard the news that the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) has built up the princely sum of approximately £3.4 million in its bank account. The HFEA explains that this surplus has arisen over recent years due to prudent budgeting... [Read More]
Known donation on trial
20 February 2012 - by Natalie Gamble
The family court has been making law on known donors, with a number of recent disputes between known sperm donors and lesbian mothers... [Read More]
Heart attack scars healed in stem cell safety trial
20 February 2012 - by Cathy Holding
A stem cell-based therapy aiming to reverse the damage caused by heart attacks has shown positive results in an early clinical trial... [Read More]
Fertility regulator has amassed a £3.4m cash surplus
20 February 2012 - by Victoria Kay
The UK's fertility watchdog, the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA), has amassed cash reserves of around £3.4 million from charges to the clinics it licenses, prompting calls for the money to be given back to those seeking IVF treatment.... [Read More]
Australian sperm donors' details could be linked to birth certificates
20 February 2012 - by Dr Rebecca Robey
The state parliament in New South Wales (NSW), Australia, is considering whether sperm and egg donors' details should be mandatorily recorded on their children's birth certificate.... [Read More]
Sperm donor anonymity in question in British Columbia court case
20 February 2012 - by Julianna Photopoulos
Lawyers representing British Columbia's government were at the Canadian province's Court of Appeal last Tuesday attempting to overturn an earlier ruling which would effectively end anonymous gamete donation... [Read More]
Immune system gene affected by body clock
20 February 2012 - by Oliver Timmis
What time of day it is could influence whether or not we get an infection. A protein known to be involved in the immune system may be influenced by the body's circadian rhythm, according to researchers at Yale University... [Read More]
Largest human gene linked to cases of heart disease
20 February 2012 - by Dr Sarah Spain
A mutation in the largest human gene causes 25 percent of a type of inherited heart disease, according to scientists. The information could be incorporated into current genetic tests to provide early diagnosis and clinical intervention... [Read More]
Alzheimer's brain cells grown from skin cells of Down's syndrome patients
20 February 2012 - by Dr Caroline Hirst
Skin cells from volunteers with Down's syndrome have been turned into brain cells in order to provide a new model for researchers to study Alzheimer's disease... [Read More]
One percent of human genes 'can be shut down without causing serious disease'
20 February 2012 - by Dr Rosie Morley
Twenty completely inactive genes have been identified by scientist studying so called 'loss of function' mutations in the human genome... [Read More]
Film Review: Genes and Life
20 February 2012 - by Ayesha Jadoon
With clear and concise information, the 'Genes and Life' DVD serves its purpose as an introduction to the field of genetics. However, it quickly became quite repetitive and lacked the entertainment value that would have taken it beyond merely an educational DVD... [Read More]
Podcast Review: Expert Explanations - Evolutionary Genetics/Genetics
20 February 2012 - by Rachel Lloyd
The Pulse-Project is a website which offers a wide range of freely accessible audio and video lectures on the sciences and medical humanities... [Read More]

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