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CONTENTS Issue #696
The mother isn't always certain: Irish surrogacy case leads the way
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The mother isn't always certain: Irish surrogacy case leads the way
11 March 2013 - by Dr Kirsty Horsey
Once upon a time, motherhood was certain. It was proved by giving birth. The Latin maxim 'mater semper certa est' that told us so was irrefutable. Whether or not that was ever actually true, it has for a long while been biologically, as well as socially, questionable.... [Read More]
Ireland: Genetic mother wins surrogacy case
11 March 2013 - by Ruth Retassie
The Irish High Court has ruled in a landmark case that a woman who is the genetic mother of twins born through a surrogate can be recognised as the legal mother of the children.... [Read More]
Gene variants increase risk of both skin cancer and obesity
11 March 2013 - by George Frodsham
Scientists have found a link between skin cancer and the FTO gene, which was already associated with obesity... [Read More]
US surrogacy dispute: surrogate refuses to abort at genetic parents' request
11 March 2013 - by Emma Stoye
A surrogate mother in the United States, who refused an abortion at the intended parents' request after a scan revealed abnormalities, has told CNN news that she was offered money to terminate the fetus and was threatened with legal action.... [Read More]
DNA ancestry tests not to be trusted, say experts
11 March 2013 - by Matthew Thomas
Commercial DNA tests claiming to reveal people's ancestors are little better than 'genetic astrology', according to scientists... [Read More]
Stem cell-like origins of ovarian cancer identified
11 March 2013 - by Dr Daniel Grimes
The source of stem cell-like cells that can give rise to ovarian cancer in mice has been found, reports a study in the journal Nature... [Read More]
Single gene mutation may be behind type 1 diabetes for minority of patients
11 March 2013 - by Reuben Harwood
Genetic analysis of a family predisposed to type 1 diabetes (T1D) has uncovered the first kind of T1D to be caused by a single gene mutation... [Read More]
Event Review: Personal Genetics - An Intersection Between Science, Society, and Policy
11 March 2013 - by Cristy Gelling
In the decade since the human genome was first sequenced, the cost of reading a human genome has dropped from around US $100,000,000 to around US $6,000. In the past year the target has shifted from the '$1000 genome' to the '$0 genome'... [Read More]
Book Review: Transhumanist Dreams and Dystopian Nightmares
11 March 2013 - by Professor John Galloway
Perhaps fortuitously, I started to read Maxwell Mehlman's book at the same time as Roy Porter's 'A short history of madness'. It was then difficult not to muse on what Jonathan Swift might have made of 'transhumanising scientists'... [Read More]

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