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CONTENTS Issue #704
Enough of Nuffield – let's stop sidelining donors
What you think about donor conception
Event Review: Heart Genetics - Predicting the Future?
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Enough of Nuffield – let's stop sidelining donors
13 May 2013 - by Ben Saer
The recent Nuffield report makes two disappointing recommendations - that anonymous donation should not be reintroduced, and that the state should encourage those who donated pre-2005 to come forward. Both positions are obstructive to donors, past and present... [Read More]
What you think about donor conception
13 May 2013 - by Sandy Starr
The Progress Educational Trust (PET)'s project 'When It Takes More Than Two', supported by the Wellcome Trust, sought to clarify public and professional understanding of donor conception by focusing on the different parties involved... [Read More]
Birthmark gene find offers hope for rare neurological condition
13 May 2013 - by Dr Linda Wijlaars
A genetic mutation responsible for both Sturge-Weber syndrome, a rare neurological disorder, and 'port-wine stain' birthmarks, has been identified... [Read More]
Rare brain disorder identified, explained thanks to genomic research
13 May 2013 - by Hana Ayoob
Research to identify an Australian boy's mystery illness, which ultimately involved scientists around the world, led to the identification of a new paediatric brain disorder, as well as the faulty gene behind the condition... [Read More]
Australian IVF doctor not liable for failing to warn about the risk of a hereditary condition
13 May 2013 - by Cait McDonagh
The parents of a child born with a rare blood clotting disorder have lost their legal battle against an IVF doctor for wrongful birth after he failed to warn them of the risks of passing on the hereditary condition... [Read More]
IVF single embryo transfer performs well in birth rate study
13 May 2013 - by Dr Katie Howe
The transfer of one pre-screened embryo during IVF leads to birth rates equivalent to transferring two unscreened embryos, indicates new research from the USA.... [Read More]
Liverpool fertility clinic imports sperm after fall in donors
13 May 2013 - by Rivka Marks-Maran
A Liverpool fertility clinic has been forced to import sperm from Manchester and London after a significant fall in local donations... [Read More]
Prostate cancer gene test will help patients 'avoid unnecessary treatment'
13 May 2013 - by Daryl Ramai
A genetic test released in the USA claims to be able to score the aggressiveness of prostate cancer before medical intervention, helping men with the condition decide if and when to start receiving treatment.... [Read More]
Event Review: Heart Genetics - Predicting the Future?
13 May 2013 - by Simon Hazelwood-Smith
I'd not been to a Cafe Scientifique event before and was a little unsure of what to expect. The Royal Brompton coffee shop setting did at first feel strange; I'm more used to discussions in lecture theatres where there is a clear distinction between audience and speaker... [Read More]

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