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CONTENTS Issue #666
Book Review: Ethical Problems and Genetics Practice
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Who will look after donor conception if the HFEA goes?
23 July 2012 - by Walter Merricks
To many people concerned with donor conception - patients, parents, donors and donor-conceived people - the Government plans to abolish the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) sound extremely worrying... [Read More]
Spot the odd one out: The missing place at the donor conception table
23 July 2012 - by Dr Marilyn Crawshaw and Jennie Hunt
The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) recently announced membership of its newly formed National Donation Strategy Group, set up in response to the findings of its earlier Donation Review, which, it says, uncovered numerous barriers to gamete donation.... [Read More]
Why the drugs don't work: gene fault explains multiple sclerosis treatment failure
23 July 2012 - by Holly Rogers
A genetic variation could explain why a previously promising class of drugs do not work as multiple sclerosis treatments despite being used successfully in other autoimmune diseases... [Read More]
Genome study reveals potential drug targets for colon cancer
23 July 2012 - by Dr Kimberley Bryon-Dodd
The genetic mutations underlying colon and rectal cancer are so similar that these cancers should be classified as one disease, a study suggests. Researchers analysed over 200 tumour samples and also identified genes that could serve as targets for future drug treatments... [Read More]
Mosquito gut bacteria genetically engineered to curb spread of malaria
23 July 2012 - by George Frodsham
Genetically modified bacteria may be a new weapon in the fight against malaria. Researchers have altered the genome of a bacterium that lives in mosquitos' guts so that it secretes proteins that are toxic to the malaria parasite... [Read More]
Lawyers to investigate Chicago sperm bank malfunction
23 July 2012 - by Julianna Photopoulos
Three men are considering legal action against a sperm bank in the USA after their frozen sperm samples were allegedly destroyed following a reported malfunction in the bank's storage system. Its operators have said the error could affect as many as 200 patients, reports the Chicago Tribune.... [Read More]
IVF drugs may reduce breast cancer risk if fertility treatment unsuccessful
23 July 2012 - by Victoria Kay
Women who undergo fertility treatment but do not become pregnant have a reduced risk of developing breast cancer before the age of 50, according to scientists... [Read More]
Identical twins start to differ in the womb, study shows
23 July 2012 - by Dr Rebecca Hill
Despite sharing the same womb, identical twins are born with different alterations to their DNA that can affect the activity of individual genes... [Read More]
Every sperm is special, genome sequencing shows
23 July 2012 - by Antony Starza-Allen
Results of the first study to sequence the genomes of individual sperm cells obtained from one person have revealed significant genetic differences between them, confirming the belief that each sperm is unique. It is hoped the technique could be applied in fertility treatments to identify genetic mutations that may occur in the recombination process... [Read More]
Book Review: Ethical Problems and Genetics Practice
23 July 2012 - by Dr Morven Shearer
One of the difficulties in teaching medical students about the ethics of clinical genetics is that it's often hard to get them to appreciate the multitude of problems raised in everyday practice... [Read More]

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