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CONTENTS Issue #693
Book Review: Law and the Regulation of Medicines
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Court decision in Germany supports rights of the donor conceived to access their donor's identity
18 February 2013 - by Dr Petra Thorn
On 6 February 2013, the Higher Regional Court in Hamm, Germany, granted a 21-year-old donor conceived woman the right to access the identity of her donor. Further steps must be taken in order to provide a comprehensive legal framework.... [Read More]
Policing preimplantation genetic diagnosis: patients first please
18 February 2013 - by Professor Alan Handyside, Dr Karen Sage, Michael Summers and Dr Alan Thornhill
The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority recently announced plans to review the list of approved inherited conditions for which preimplantation genetic diagnosis is currently licensed to ensure that it is only available for conditions which meet the statutory requirements in the UK... [Read More]
Reduced DNA egg repair may explain age-related fertility fall-off
18 February 2013 - by Yick Siew Tan
A slowdown in DNA repair mechanisms, one of which involves the BRCA genes implicated in cancer, may partly explain why women's eggs rapidly decline in both quantity and quality in middle age... [Read More]
Myriad Genetics wins gene patent bid in landmark Australian ruling
18 February 2013 - by Matthew Thomas
A patent over a gene linked to hereditary breast and ovarian cancers is valid, an Australian federal court has ruled in a landmark case.... [Read More]
Palestinian prisoners smuggle out sperm, claims fertility doctor
18 February 2013 - by Nina Chohan
Palestinian prisoners are reportedly smuggling sperm out of Israeli prisons to impregnate their wives... [Read More]
24 genes linked to short-sightedness in genome study
18 February 2013 - by Maria Sheppard
Twenty-four genes linked to short-sightedness have been identified by an international consortium of scientists... [Read More]
Japanese pluripotent stem cell trial receives ethical approval
18 February 2013 - by Reuben Harwood
What would be the first clinical trial to use induced pluripotent stem cells has been granted ethical approval in Japan... [Read More]
Cell ageing slowed by HRT, but only for Alzheimer's risk gene carriers
18 February 2013 - by Michelle Downes
Hormone replacement therapy, used to treat the symptoms of menopause, may play a role in slowing the ageing process in women who carry a certain gene variant, claim scientists... [Read More]
Bladder condition gene identified
18 February 2013 - by James Brooks
A gene behind a rare bladder condition has been identified with potential implications for a far more common bladder problem affecting up to one percent of children... [Read More]
Book Review: Law and the Regulation of Medicines
18 February 2012 - by Rachel Lloyd
The principal purpose of Professor Emily Jackson's book, Law and the Regulation of Medicines, is to outline medicine's journey through UK regulation. Jackson seeks to show that those responsible for the content of the regulatory regime, and the way in which it is administered, play a crucial role in shaping the development, supply and marketing of medicines.... [Read More]

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