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CONTENTS Issue #649
The genetics of ovarian performance and reserve
TV Review: Waterloo Road
Theatre Review: Dayglo
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The genetics of ovarian performance and reserve
19 March 2012 - by Dr Lamiya Mohiyiddeen and Luciano Nardo
IVF is a complex treatment for infertility requiring costly drugs and carrying significant risk of complications. Part of the procedure aims to stimulate the ovaries to produce more eggs, and conventional methods include a combination of hormones to induce follicle growth, from which eggs are collected... [Read More]
Frozen embryo 'adoption' scheme to lose US government funding
19 March 2012 - by Jessica Ware
A US scheme that promotes the 'adoption' of embryos produced during IVF but not implanted is likely to have its government funding withdrawn in the next financial year... [Read More]
Florida doctor suspended following death of patient after unlicensed stem cell treatment
19 March 2012 - by Dr Sophie Pryor
A cardiologist in Bonita Springs, Florida, USA, has had his medical licence suspended after allegedly performing an illegal stem cell treatment on a patient who died during the procedure... [Read More]
Fatty diets could affect sperm quality
19 March 2012 - by Sarah Pritchard
Men who consume a diet rich in saturated fat - the type found in junk food - have lower sperm counts than men whose diets contain low levels of such fats, according to scientists... [Read More]
Gay sperm donor wins right to help bring up child conceived with lesbian ex-wife
19 March 2012 - by Rosie Beauchamp
The Court of Appeal in London has ruled unanimously that a gay man who fathered a child for a lesbian couple is not a secondary parent, allowing him greater access to his two-year-old son... [Read More]
Mouse study finds an anti-cancer gene could also prevent obesity
19 March 2012 - by Dr Linda Wijlaars
A gene known to protect from cancer might also prevent obesity, scientists say. The researchers had set out to search for a link between the Pten gene and a longer lifespan in mice, but to their surprise, a double dose of the gene also led the mice to be thinner than their normal counterparts... [Read More]
Personalised medicine details diabetes development for one scientist
19 March 2012 - by Suzanne Elvidge
Personalised medicine doesn't get much more personal than this. For more than two years, researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine have been focusing on one person's genetic profile – that of their colleague and fellow geneticist, Dr Michael Snyder... [Read More]
Study finds weak link between womb environment and childhood body size - but is reported otherwise
19 March 2012 - by Victoria Kay
A child's body size may be influenced by genetic modifications that occur in the womb, a new study claims. Scientists found a weak link between specific DNA modifications – called epigenetic marks – present at birth and the child's height at age nine. Several news sources, however, incorrectly reported a link with childhood obesity. [Read More]
Major gene therapy trial for cystic fibrosis given go-ahead
19 March 2012 - by Heidi Colleran
The largest trial for a gene therapy for cystic fibrosis (CF) will begin in the UK this month. Coordinated by the UK Cystic Fibrosis Gene Therapy Consortium (GTC), 130 patients will be recruited and given working copies of the defective gene that leads to their condition... [Read More]
UK Government's new bioscience advisory body starts recruiting
19 March 2012 - by Antony Starza-Allen
The UK's Department of Health has announced it is recruiting members for its new advisory body on the implications of developments in bioscience.... [Read More]
TV Review: Waterloo Road
19 March 2012 - by Daniel Malynn
This episode of Waterloo Road tries to cover two areas of interest for BioNews; firstly known donation agreements, and secondly genetic testing. I must from the outset of this review highlight the word 'tries'; unfortunately no such warning was given to the viewers before the show.... [Read More]
Theatre Review: Dayglo
19 March 2012 - by Dr Louisa Petchey
'Dayglo', the latest play by the Y Touring Theatre Company, skilfully and thoughtfully explores pharmacogenetics, and is much more than just another educational story... [Read More]

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