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CONTENTS Issue #698
New Zealand needs a genuinely pro-choice approach to prenatal screening
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New Zealand needs a genuinely pro-choice approach to prenatal screening
25 March 2013 - by Dr Colin Gavaghan
Being a bioethicist in the Antipodes is becoming a dangerous business these days. Just over a year ago, the publication, by two Australian academics, of a paper exploring the acceptability of 'post-birth abortion' led to media furore, hate mail and even death threats to the authors... [Read More]
Public in favour of allowing mitochondrial replacement, says UK regulator
21 March 2013 - by Sandy Starr
Mitochondrial replacement therapy, where a small amount of a mother's genetic material is swapped with material from a donor during IVF to avoid passing on heritable illnesses, enjoys the 'general support' of the public, the UK's fertility regulator says... [Read More]
Study counters Parkinson's disease gene theory
25 March 2013 - by Helen Brooks
An experimental approach to treating Parkinson's disease may need to be reconsidered following evidence suggesting that it may make patients worse... [Read More]
Just five patients but gene therapy leukaemia trial yields positive results
25 March 2013 - by John Brinsley
Early results of an experimental gene therapy against an aggressive form of leukaemia have been hailed by researchers as showing 'life saving potential'.... [Read More]
Patients should get health risk gene information whether they want it or not, says report
25 March 2013 - by Nina Chohan
The American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics has published a report recommending that patients who have their genomes sequenced should automatically be told of incidental genetic findings.... [Read More]
Older fathers may pass autism risk to grandchildren
25 March 2013 - by Matthew Thomas
Men who father children later in life are more likely to have grandchildren with autism, according to research... [Read More]
Multimillion-dollar grants for stem cell biobank
25 March 2013 - by Dr Shanya Sivakumaran
The California Institute for Regenerative Medicine in San Francisco, USA, has awarded two multimillion-dollar grants to Cellular Dynamics International in Wisconsin and Coriell Institute for Medical Research in New Jersey to generate and bank iPS cell lines.... [Read More]
Book Review: Fertile Thinking - Your Practical and Emotional Aid Through the Trials of Infertility...and Beyond
25 March 2013 - by Gisela Lockie
Every page of this slim volume (nice and short if you are already on information overload), is packed full of sound tips and advice that cut to the chase, from one who knows, both from personal experience and as an experienced fertility coach... [Read More]

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