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CONTENTS Issue #668 (13 August 2012)
COMMENT
Lies, damned lies and surrogacy
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Lies, damned lies and surrogacy
13 August 2012 - by Richard Adams
What is the law to do when people deceive each other about their intentions as parents? In what is thought to have been the first case of its kind, the UK's High Court in G v G [2012] has rejected a father's application to reverse an order transferring legal parenthood of a child from a surrogate to his wife... [Read More]
Olympic anti-doping lab will become medical and genetic research centre
13 August 2012 - by Matthew Young
The anti-doping laboratories built for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games will be developed into the world's first Phenome Research Centre; the term 'phenome' referring to the overall expression of a person's characteristics and traits as determined by the interaction of genetics and environment... [Read More]
Mitochondrial DNA may hold answer to why women live longer than men
13 August 2012 - by Dr Linda Wijlaars
Scientists working on fruit flies say their work provides an answer to the question of why women tend to live longer than men. The research points to mitochondria, the 'batteries' within cells that generate energy, as hotspots for mutations that negatively affect male health... [Read More]
Cancer stem cells drive tumour growth, studies confirm
13 August 2012 - by Dr Greg Ball
Three research groups, each studying a different type of cancer in mice, have published results that support the theory that tumour growth is driven by 'cancer stem cells'.... [Read More]
DNA damage during chemotherapy can trigger treatment resistance
13 August 2012 - by Dr Caroline Hirst
Chemotherapy can produce a rogue response that eventually leads to tumours becoming resistant to treatment, scientists have found... [Read More]
Cambridge University opens Stem Cell Institute
13 August 2012 - by John Brinsley
The University of Cambridge is to open a new stem cell institute following an £8million investment from two of the UK's largest medical research funders.... [Read More]
Stem cells responsible for 'thinking' brain cells identified
13 August 2012 - by Dr Tamara Hirsch
Scientists have identified a sub-type of stem cell responsible for neuron development within the cerebral cortex associated with higher level brain function... [Read More]
Scientists unpick actions of faulty gene behind red meat bowel cancer risk
13 August 2012 - by Cait McDonagh
A faulty gene linked to bowel cancer interacts with dietary iron to significantly increase the risk of developing the disease, research on mice suggests... [Read More]
Human tissue regulator says it should retain functions
13 August 2012 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza
The UK's regulatory body on the use and storage of human tissue has outlined its position in support of its continued existence amid the Government's review of arm's length bodies... [Read More]
Book Review: Having Your Baby Through Egg Donation
13 August 2012 - by Gisela Lockie
I'm sure I'm not alone in thinking that 'Having your baby through egg donation' could happily serve as an egg donation bible. It successfully brings together all the practical, physiological, psychological, social and ethical aspects of this particular form of family building.... [Read More]
Event Review: All-Party Parliamentary Group on Medical Research Summer Reception
13 August 2012 - by Dr Vanita Rasiah
Here's an idea - what if the key to improved treatment of some of the most problematic medical conditions lay buried in a vast mass of patient data siloed in archaic computer systems? What if researchers couldn't get to it thanks to an impenetrable cat's cradle of red tape?... [Read More]

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