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Why we should welcome the conclusions of the Nuffield report on donor conception
29 April 2013 - by Professor Carol Smart
From my point of view as a sociologist carrying out research in this field, the Nuffield Council on Bioethics report on donor conception is to be welcomed as a scholarly and balanced contribution to current debates... [Read More]
Little for donor-conceived people in the Nuffield Council's report
29 April 2013 - by Professor Eric Blyth
Donor-conceived individuals might justifiably feel short-changed by the Nuffield Council on Bioethics' report 'Donor conception: ethical aspects of information sharing'... [Read More]
Autism mechanism goes beyond genes
29 April 2013 - by Dr Daniel Grimes
A study on identical twins with distinct autistic traits suggests that epigenetic factors may be important in understanding how the neurological disorder develops... [Read More]
Scotland: £20 million personalised medicine research centre gets go-ahead
29 April 2013 - by Ruth Retassie
The University of Glasgow will receive £20 million to develop a research centre dedicated to personalised medicine... [Read More]
Crick Cambridge college commemoration
29 April 2013 - by Purvi Shah
A memorial to Francis Crick has been unveiled at his former college at the University of Cambridge to mark the 60th anniversary of the publication of the structure of DNA... [Read More]
Danish study suggests fertility fall-off for sleep-deprived men
29 April 2013 - by Chris Baldacci
A study conducted by the University of Southern Denmark has found evidence that suggests men who do not get enough sleep are likely to be less fertile.... [Read More]
Brain cells from human embryonic stem cells restore mouse memory function
29 April 2013 - by Siobhan Chan
Stem cell therapy has improved memory and learning in brain-damaged mice, according to a study in Nature Biotechnology... [Read More]
Patenting parthenotes: High Court asks if parthenotes are 'human embryos' under the Biotech Directive
29 April 2013 - by Antony Starza-Allen
The UK's High Court has asked the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) to clarify if human parthenotes fall under the definition of a human embryo for the purposes of patentability... [Read More]
Film Review: 2012 International Science and Engineering Visualisation Challenge
29 April 2013 - by Nina Chohan
Visually gripping and engaging new methods are increasingly used to convey scientific principles and developments to the public. The journal Science and the National Science Foundation annually hold an international competition to recognise the best examples of projects that bring scientific information to life.... [Read More]
Report Review: Donor information sharing - Preservation of personal liberty or the indirect control over people's private lives?
29 April 2013 - by Antony Starza-Allen
In its latest contribution to practical bioethics and policymaking, the Nuffield Council on Bioethics in its report on information sharing in donor conception recommends, among other things, that parents of donor-conceived children should not be mandated to inform them about their origins.... [Read More]

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