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CONTENTS Issue #692
Book Review: Families - Beyond the Nuclear Ideal
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Who is afraid of more informed patients? Public fear mongering by the Swiss Academy of Medical Sciences
11 February 2013 - by Dr Barbara Prainsack and Dr Daniela Steinberger
The Swiss Academy of Medical Sciences' position paper on the 'Potential and Limits of "Individualised Medicine"' illustrates a concerning instance of public fear mongering based on factual mistakes and misinformation... [Read More]
Negotiating the role of sperm donors: the benefits of planning ahead
11 February 2013 - by Richard Adams
Re G (A Minor); Re Z (A Minor) 2013 (1) is a landmark High Court ruling in which, in the first known decision of its kind, two male sperm donors, known to the mothers, were granted permission to apply for contact with the children... [Read More]
German court case may put an end to a sperm donor's anonymity
11 February 2013 - by Jessica Ware
A regional appeals court in Hamm, Germany has ruled that a 22-year-old woman conceived via an anonymous sperm donor has a legal right to find out the identity of her biological father... [Read More]
Human stem cells treat nerve disorder in mouse study
11 February 2013 - by Richard Fadok
Brain cells engineered from human skin tissue have successfully treated laboratory mice with a deadly nerve disorder with similarities to multiple sclerosis... [Read More]
Sofa so bad: too much TV associated with low sperm counts, says study
11 February 2013 - by Dr Linda Wijlaars
Physical activity is strongly associated with men's sperm quality according to a study looking into the effects of TV viewing and exercise... [Read More]
Gene variant increases risk of heart valve disease
11 February 2013 - by Nina Chohan
A mutation in the gene for lipoprotein(a), a type of cholesterol, is linked to aortic valve disease, according to a large international study... [Read More]
3D printing technique uses human embryonic stem cells
11 February 2013 - by Michelle Downes
For the first time human embryonic stem cells have been used in a 3D printing process and retained the properties that make them unique... [Read More]
Gene 'patch' fixes deafness mutation in mice
11 February 2013 - by Reuben Harwood
A short strip of genetic material has been used to prevent hereditary deafness in mice... [Read More]
Latest figures on fertility treatment, birth rate and multiple births are released
11 February 2013 - by Matthew Thomas
Figures released by the UK's Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority reveal the number of IVF cycles performed each year has continued to rise while the overall multiple pregnancy and birth rate has declined.... [Read More]
Two genes behind skull malformation condition identified
11 February 2013 - by James Brooks
Scientists led by a team from Oxford University have identified mutations in two genes that lead to a serious skull condition... [Read More]
Book Review: Families - Beyond the Nuclear Ideal
11 February 2013 - by Robert Pralat
'Families: Beyond the nuclear ideal' discusses various 'alternative' family forms in Western societies, examining the arguments behind the celebration and criticism of specific types of family that depart from the norm... [Read More]

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