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Guidance for couples going abroad for surrogacy services published in Ireland
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Guidance for couples going abroad for surrogacy services published in Ireland
5 March 2012 - by Fiona Duffy
The long-awaited guidelines for Irish couples who have children born abroad through surrogacy, issued on 21 February, have all but avoided some of the most fundamental legal issues surrounding surrogacy... [Read More]
US health institute launches genetic test database
5 March 2012 - by Ruth Saunders
A free information resource detailing numerous disease-specific genetic tests that are now available was launched last week by the US National Institutes of Health (NIH)... [Read More]
Pivotal heart disease stem cell trial launched
5 March 2012 - by Cathy Holding
A major clinical trial to investigate a stem cell treatment for chronic ischemic heart disease (IHD) – a leading cause of death around the world – has begun in the US... [Read More]
IVF chances boosted by 10 percent using new procedure
5 March 2012 - by Dr Linda Wijlaars
Protecting embryos from a laboratory environment during IVF treatment could increase successful pregnancy rates from 35 percent to 45 percent. A novel system, trialled in a recent study, consists of a chain of fully enclosed, interlinked incubators, provides a tightly controlled and protected environment... [Read More]
Dental stem cells converted by bad breath chemical
5 March 2012 - by Dr Kimberley Bryon-Dodd
A chemical that causes bad breath may help convert stem cells into liver cells, according to scientists in Japan... [Read More]
Alzheimer's memory loss due to gene blockade reversed in mice
5 March 2012 - by Dr Maria Botcharova
An enzyme associated with memory loss can be blocked to reverse symptoms of Alzheimer's disease in mice, a study has shown... [Read More]
Final two women in US 'baby-selling' ring sentenced
5 March 2012 - by Rosemary Paxman
A respected adoption lawyer has been sentenced to prison for her role in an international baby-selling operation. Theresa Erickson, who pleaded guilty to wire fraud in August 2011, was sentenced by a San Diego court to five months in prison followed by nine months in home confinement and ordered to pay a $70,000 fine.... [Read More]
Gene therapy beneficial but not permanent in serious immune disorder
5 March 2012 - by Ayesha Jadoon
Early trials in patients with chronic granulomatous disorder (x-CGD), a recessive X-linked condition that affects the immune system, have shown signs of success following the use of gene therapy. The observed boost in immunity of those undergoing treatment was only temporary, however, and the faulty gene causing x-CGD was not corrected permanently.... [Read More]
Indian-born surrogate twins accorded French civil status despite ban on surrogacy
5 March 2012 - by James Brooks
The Court of Appeal in Rennes, France, has upheld an earlier decision to accord civil status – similar to nationality – to twins carried by a surrogate mother in India for a French couple... [Read More]
Radio Review: The Sunday Edition - Wanted, Egg Donor in Good Health
5 March 2012 - by Dr Linda Wijlaars
This radio documentary on the potential complications of egg donation would make any woman think twice about donating eggs... [Read More]
Event Review: Assisted Reproduction and Surrogacy - A Modern Approach to Parenthood or Brave New World?
5 March 2012 - by Daniel Malynn
Hosted by 7 Bedford Row chambers, this intellectually stimulating event highlighted the uncertainty and lack of consensus around surrogacy law. However, such was the emphasis on surrogacy the event title was never formally answered. Yet I nevertheless came away with the feeling that some key issues in surrogacy, applicable to the wider agenda of assisted reproduction, were thoroughly explored. Moreover, it established some momentum to press for law reform in the area.... [Read More]

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