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CONTENTS Issue #695
Do you know your sister?
Being: The Donor-Conceived Perspective
TV Review: Meet the Izzards
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Do you know your sister?
4 March 2013 - by Dr Ruth Shidlo
Once again, the voices of people and families conceived as a result of gamete donation in Israel are going unheeded... [Read More]
Being: The Donor-Conceived Perspective
4 March 2013 - by Cait McDonagh
Another full house for the final event of Progress Educational Trust's 'When it Takes More Than Two' series. This time attendees were invited to consider gamete donation from the perspective of the donor conceived... [Read More]
Common mental disorders share a genetic link
4 March 2013 - by Dr Anna Cauldwell
Five of the most common psychiatric disorders share genetic risk factors, an international study published in the Lancet has found... [Read More]
Genetic basis found for the perseverance of bowel cancer
4 March 2013 - by Reuben Harwood
Losing genes that help stabilise a cells DNA may explain why some cancers are resistant to treatment, say scientists... [Read More]
UK justice secretary seeks to ban fertility treatment for prisoners
4 March 2013 - by Michelle Downes
Justice Secretary Chris Grayling has pledged to stop prisoners getting access to IVF treatment at the taxpayer's expense.... [Read More]
Cancer Research UK looks to recruit citizen scientists with gene hunt phone game
4 March 2013 - by Daryl Ramai
Leading technology groups team up with Cancer Research UK to develop a mobile phone app that will allow the public to sift through large amounts of genetic data in a bid to accelerate cancer research... [Read More]
US sperm donor sues clinic for using his sperm to impregnate ex-girlfriend
4 March 2013 - by Tom Barrow
A man from Louisiana is attempting to sue a fertility clinic after accusing his ex-girlfriend of stealing his stored gametes. Layne Hardin has alleged that former partner Tobie Devall 'bluffed' her way into obtaining two vials of his sperm, which she was inseminated with.... [Read More]
Lack of sleep leaves genes a bit squiffy
4 March 2013 - by Dr Shanya Sivakumaran
Inadequate sleep alters the activity of over 700 genes, scientists report. In the research, sleeping less than six hours per night for just one week impacted genes related to metabolism, inflammation and immunity... [Read More]
Stem cells in space
4 March 2013 - by Dr Greg Ball
Mouse embryonic stem cells are being transported to the International Space Station (ISS) to investigate the impact of long-term space flight on human health.... [Read More]
TV Review: Meet the Izzards
4 March 2013 - by Reuben Harwood
If asked to describe Eddie Izzard, your reply may include the words actor, comedian, transvestite and marathon runner. Well, now you can add 'part Neanderthal' to the list... [Read More]

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