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23 and You? Genome research, direct-to-consumer genetics and informed consent
9 July 2012 - by Dr Megan Allyse
When US based, direct-to-consumer genetic testing company 23andMe announced last month that it had obtained a patent on a method for determining predisposition to Parkinson's disease, it highlighted, perhaps inadvertently, a growing area of unresolved tension between clinical, commercial and research interests.... [Read More]
Better regulation for fertility treatment: a review of the options
9 July 2012 - by Professor Alison Murdoch
Government intends to save money by improving the efficiency of regulatory bodies. Providers of fertility treatments also favour more efficient regulation as it would help them improve their own services. This common purpose - the need for improved efficiency - is reflected in the consultation announced by the government; the central question is how it should be achieved... [Read More]
IVF single embryo transfers have better chance of survival
9 July 2012 - by Dr Gabrielle Samuel
Single embryo transfer reduces the risk of death within a month of birth for babies conceived via IVF, according to an Australian study... [Read More]
Preimplantation genetic diagnosis for cancer risk during IVF is feasible, study indicates
9 July 2012 - by Sarah Pritchard
It is now scientifically feasible to use preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) during IVF to screen embryos for genes associated with high cancer risk, scientists say... [Read More]
Coffee and saturated fats not good for IVF success, studies say
9 July 2012 - by Rosie Beauchamp
Drinking more than five cups of coffee a day or having a diet with too much saturated fat could adversely affect the chances of success of fertility treatment... [Read More]
Amniotic fluid could provide alternative to embryonic stem cells
9 July 2012 - by Dr Sophie Pryor
Stem cells taken from amniotic fluid can be reprogrammed into a more versatile state similar to embryonic stem cells (ES cells) without the introduction of extra genes, UK scientists have found. The discovery offers hope that these cells could be banked for therapeutic use, research and drug screening... [Read More]
Genetic regions that are major risk factors for osteoarthritis identified
9 July 2012 - by Helen Brooks
Scientists have identified eight regions of the genetic code associated with an increased risk of developing osteoarthritis... [Read More]
Fetal genome sequenced using only a blood sample from the mother
9 July 2012 - by Dr Lux Fatimathas
US researchers have for the first time sequenced the genome of a fetus using only a blood sample from the mother. It is hoped this new form of non-invasive sampling could allow doctors to screen for a range of genetic diseases prenatally, with minimal risk to the fetus... [Read More]
Two gene variants linked to breast size also linked to breast cancer
9 July 2012 - by Ruth Saunders
Two novel gene variants linked to breast size may also also influence the risk of breast cancer, according to a study carried out by US genetics company 23andMe.... [Read More]
Level of IVF funding in UK among lowest in Europe
9 July 2012 - by Julianna Photopoulos
The funding of fertility treatment in the UK is among the lowest in Europe, according to a new study presented at the European Society for Human Reproduction and Embryology's annual meeting in Istanbul... [Read More]
Book Review: The Embalmer's Book of Recipes
9 July 2012 - by Dr Amy Strange
If you can get past the gruesome eye on the cover, you enter into a world of love, mathematics, farming and death, woven together in Ann Lingard's 'The Embalmer's Book of Recipes'... [Read More]
Book Review: Bring It On Baby - How to Have a Dudelike Pregnancy
9 July 2012 - by Dr Rachael Panizzo
From natural childbirth to infertility, breastfeeding to immunisations, there are few areas of pregnancy and childcare that are free from judgment and well-meaning advice.... [Read More]

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