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CONTENTS Issue #661
Changes to NICE fertility guideline for same-sex couples
Mitochondria in the media
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Changes to NICE fertility guideline for same-sex couples
18 June 2012 - by James Taylor
As Britain's leading lesbian, gay and bisexual equality charity, Stonewall welcome the decision by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence to update its fertility guidance to recognise recent changes in the law that will affect lesbian and bisexual women. The guidance, out to consultation, explicitly includes same-sex couples as an eligible group for fertility treatment... [Read More]
Mitochondria in the media
18 June 2012 - by Dr Geoff Watts
The Nuffield Council on Bioethics has published a new report: 'Novel techniques for the prevention of mitochondrial DNA disorders: an ethical review'. Dr Geoff Watts, chair of the working party that wrote it, offers some personal reflections on a few of its key conclusions... [Read More]
Nuffield Council gives green light to the prevention of inherited mitochondrial disease
12 June 2012 - by Antony Starza-Allen
The Nuffield Council on Bioethics has published a review of the ethical issues raised by proposed IVF techniques, which aim to prevent the transmission of faulty mtDNA from mother to child. The report concludes the techniques are ethically permissible, provided further research establishes their safety.... [Read More]
Older dads may have children who live longer lives
18 June 2012 - by Sarah Pritchard
Children born to men who delay fatherhood may live longer, a US study has shown. The findings indicate that as men age, the telomeres in sperm appear to lengthen, offering a protective effect against the cell aging process - a benefit which could be passed on to future generations... [Read More]
Girl receives first ever transplant of stem cell-treated vein
18 June 2012 - by Dr Lucy Freem
A ten-year-old Swedish girl has become the first recipient of a donor vein treated with a patient's own stem cells... [Read More]
Genetic map of all microbes on, or in, our bodies published
18 June 2012 - by Dr Louisa Petchey
The most extensive catalogue of the trillions of microbes that live in and on humans - called the human microbiome - has been published by an international team of scientists... [Read More]
Stroke patients improve in early fetal stem cell trial
18 June 2012 - by Antony Starza-Allen
Stroke patients involved in an early stage clinical trial of a stem cell treatment in Scotland have shown signs of slight improvement.... [Read More]
Alzheimer's gene linked to diabetes
18 June 2012 - by Dr Linda Wijlaars
A gene known to be found in many Alzheimer's patients has been linked to the way insulin is processed in the body. The finding could prove there is a link between Alzheimer's disease and type 2 diabetes, explaining why people with diabetes face a higher risk of developing Alzheimer's.... [Read More]
Genetic test to assess 'racial purity' of Hungarian MP condemned
18 June 2012 - by Ruth Retassie
Hungary's Medical Research Council has begun investigations into a company that provided a politician with a certificate characterising his 'racial purity'... [Read More]
Smoking and drinking have little impact on sperm quality but wearing tight pants does, study finds
18 June 2012 - by Helen Brooks
An unhealthy lifestyle may not affect sperm quality as much as previously thought. A study in the journal Human Reproduction indicates that smoking, high alcohol consumption and being overweight all have little effect on semen quality... [Read More]
France: donor anonymity holds firm in court case
18 June 2012 - by James Brooks
A French court has effectively reaffirmed the country's policy of gamete donor anonymity by rejecting a donor-conceived woman's demand for information on her biological father... [Read More]
Podcast Review: The World of Top (Genetics) Models
18 June 2012 - by Dr Zara Mahmoud
The top models featured in the latest Naked Genetics podcast are not the kind that grace the runway – they're the ones that grace our laboratories, providing valuable clues about conditions like Alzheimer's, viral infections and plant diseases... [Read More]
Book Review: Biotechnological Inventions - Moral Restraints and Patent Law
18 June 2012 - by Dr Martin Turner and Dr Ian Turner
By exploring the legislative history and case law of patents both in Europe and the US, Oliver Mills asks why morality has become such a pervasive issue and whether European law in its current state is fit for purpose... [Read More]

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