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Predicting the genetic future
3 September 2012 - by Sarah Norcross
At the beginning of the year, BioNews genetics editor Dr Rebecca Hill (Beki) wrote the article 'Crystal ball gazing: an interview with Professor Sir John Burn on genetics in 2012'. Neither the esteemed Sir John our genetics editor predicted that Beki would be invited to apply for a position at Research Fortnight... [Read More]
Infertility and IVF: Results of patient survey show educating GPs is the best way forward
3 September 2012 - by Clare Lewis-Jones MBE
Last summer the National Infertility Awareness Campaign (NIAC) launched its most comprehensive patient survey to date. The aim of the survey was to identify problems faced by people seeking NHS-funded fertility treatment... [Read More]
Arm's length from the Government, not from us
3 September 2012 - by Henny Braund
The political debate around the Government's Arm's-Length Body Review has centred on whether any change will deliver greater accountability, financial efficiencies or cuts to services. For Anthony Nolan, a charity that helps provide stem cells for patients who need life-saving transplants, the review is more nuanced... [Read More]
Third of UK women entitled to IVF turned away by GPs, survey suggests
3 September 2012 - by Cathy Holding
Around one in three women who are entitled to receive IVF are being denied this right, according to a survey carried out by the National Infertility Awareness Campaign (NIAC)... [Read More]
US court upholds federal funding of human embryonic stem cell research
3 September 2012 - by Victoria Kay
The US Court of Appeals has upheld a ruling permitting the use of federal funds for research involving human embryonic stem cells.... [Read More]
Sperm precursor cells grown from skin sample
3 September 2012 - by Dr Linda Wijlaars
Stem cells found in human skin can be turned into sperm precursor cells, US researchers have found. The findings could help restore fertility to cancer patients, and could provide a new way of studying the development of sperm cells in the lab... [Read More]
Italian ban on embryo screening violated couple's rights
3 September 2012 - by Rosie Beauchamp
Italy has violated the rights of a couple carrying cystic fibrosis by preventing them from screening embryos using PGD, the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) has ruled. The Strasbourg-based court ordered the Italian government to pay the couple 17,500 euros in damages and expenses.... [Read More]
One woman's campaign: spousal consent for sperm donation
3 September 2012 - by Dr Victoria Burchell
A woman has called for legal changes to prevent a man from donating his sperm without his wife's consent.... [Read More]
Wealthy couples flock to USA to avoid UK sex selection ban, IVF medic claims
3 September 2012 - by Ayesha Ahmad
Dr Jeffrey Steinberg, a British IVF specialist who is now director of a pair of private clinics in the USA has claimed that dozens of couples see him every year to select the sex of their babies... [Read More]
Scottish genetics institute receives £60 million funding boost
3 September 2012 - by Dr Lux Fatimathas
The Medical Research Council has awarded £60 million to the University of Edinburgh to advance research into human genetic diseases... [Read More]
Petition to grant embryos 'personhood' fails in Colorado
3 September 2012 - by Dr Kimberley Bryon-Dodd
A proposal to extend the definition of human life to 'all human beings at any stage of development' has failed to gain enough support to be put to a public vote in Colorado, USA... [Read More]
Book Review: Ethical Challenges in Genomics Research - A Guide to Understanding Ethics in Context
3 September 2012 - by Suzanne Elvidge
While it's not designed to be something that is read from cover to cover, this textbook is clearly and well written, readable and accessible, with regular call-out boxes providing examples and case studies... [Read More]
Book Review: Embryology at a Glance
3 September 2012 - by Marco Narajos
Most of us, at one point in our lives, have wondered, 'where did I come from?'. The answer we receive differs from one perspective to another. Biologists would most likely recount the complex and intriguing journey of embryology... [Read More]

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