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CONTENTS Issue #675
Whose sperm is it anyway?
Comic Review: What's Up with Lorraine? Medikidz Explain NP-C
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Whose sperm is it anyway?
1 October 2012 - by Dr Anna Smajdor
A woman whose husband became a sperm donor without her knowledge is seeking to change the law. Her claim is that a husband's sperm constitutes a 'marital asset', over which a wife should have some legally enforcable rights... [Read More]
Danish sperm donation law tightened after donor passes on rare genetic disease
1 October 2012 - by Ayesha Ahmad
The Danish Government is currently reviewing its guidelines on sperm donation policies following the discovery that a donor has passed on a rare genetic condition to at least five children... [Read More]
Funding boost for IVF in Scotland but smokers and overweight denied treatment in Fife
1 October 2012 - by Jessica Ware
NHS Fife will no longer provide fertility treatment to couples if either of them smokes, or if the woman is overweight. In the same week, the Scottish Government has pledged to invest £12 million over the next three years to reduce waiting times for infertility treatment across Scotland... [Read More]
Male DNA found in women's brains
1 October 2012 - by Alison Cranage
The presence of male DNA in female brains is fairly common, scientists have found, and likely originates from cells of a male fetus crossing into the mother during pregnancy. The implications of the phenomenon for health and disease remain uncertain... [Read More]
Adding missing protein 'kick-starts' infertile sperm in lab tests
1 October 2012 - by Daryl Ramai
Adding a missing protein to infertile human sperm gives the sperm the ability to successfully fertilize an egg, a lab-based study reports... [Read More]
Genetic similarities found between ovarian and breast cancers
1 October 2012 - by Dr Zara Mahmoud
Scientists have found molecular similarities between a subtype of breast cancer and a hard-to-treat form of ovarian cancer... [Read More]
Woman forged husband's signature for IVF with his sperm, Emirati court hears
1 October 2012 - by Tom Barrow
The ex-wife of an Emirati man used his sperm to conceive a child without his knowledge or consent, the Abu Dhabi Appeals Court has heard... [Read More]
US Supreme Court asked to reconsider gene patents
1 October 2012 - by Ruth Saunders
The American Civil Liberties Union has asked the US Supreme Court to reconsider its decision to uphold the patent held by Myriad Genetics on two human genes associated with hereditary breast and ovarian cancers... [Read More]
Mouse studies suggest fresh approach to fertility preservation
1 October 2012 - by Emma Stoye
Two proteins that kick-start the destruction of damaged mouse eggs have been discovered by scientists. The findings may go on to have applications in fertility preservation for female cancer patients who receive aggressive treatment... [Read More]
Comic Review: What's Up with Lorraine? Medikidz Explain NP-C
1 October 2012 - by Ailsa Stevens
'What's up with Lorraine?' is a comic book about six superheroes - each with their own body-inspired superpowers - who live on a faraway planet called Mediland, which resembles key parts of the human body... [Read More]

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