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CONTENTS Issue #707
IVF: the real moral debate
The intimate significance of IVF embryos: an Australian analysis
Radio Review: The Life Scientific - Linda Partridge
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IVF: the real moral debate
3 June 2013 - by Professor Alison Murdoch
The culture of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority is now one based on self-aggrandisement and self-preservation. But cultural problems with fertility treatment in England and Wales do not stop there and other stakeholders must also be called to account... [Read More]
The intimate significance of IVF embryos: an Australian analysis
3 June 2013 - by Professor Jenni Millbank
Current IVF laws and ethical guidelines on embryo storage in Australia are intrusive and disrespectful. Policies and practices in modern-day IVF do not do enough to acknowledge the emotional significance of embryos... [Read More]
Italian government orders trial of controversial stem cell therapy
3 June 2013 - by Nishat Hyder
The Italian Senate has approved an 18-month, €3 million clinical trial of a controversial stem cell-based therapy. The vote, on 22 May 2013, will also allow a hospital to continue to treat twelve patients already undergoing the contested treatment... [Read More]
Update to article: Fertility expert condemns 'outrageous' IVF cell cycle patent
3 June 2013 - by BioNews
A patent over a method for assessing cell-cycle data that can be used in IVF treatments to predict an embryo's future viability will make IVF treatments in the USA prohibitively expensive, a leading embryologist has said... [Read More]
Gene therapy against flu tested in animals
3 June 2013 - by Dr Anna Cauldwell
A gene therapy technique can protect mammals from lethal strains of influenza, according to US researchers... [Read More]
Stroke patients improve after stem cell treatment
3 June 2013 - by Dr James Heather
Five stroke patients in a stem cell therapy trial have shown improvements in their symptoms, according to interim results... [Read More]
Sperm donor anonymity: Canadian Supreme Court will not hear woman's appeal
3 June 2013 - by Antony Starza-Allen
The Supreme Court of Canada has declined to hear a case brought by a woman conceived by IVF using donated sperm that would have ended donor anonymity in the province. The decision is likely to be the end of a lawsuit that was commenced five years ago.... [Read More]
Genetic find for babies born with 'hole in the heart'
3 June 2013 - by Matthew Young
A gene linked to the congenital heart disease known as 'hole in the heart' has been discovered by UK researchers.... [Read More]
First trial of synthetic blood from stem cells on horizon
3 June 2013 - by Dr Amina Aitsi-Selmi
The first human trials of synthetic blood look set to go ahead in the UK... [Read More]
International surrogacy arrangements need parental orders, says UK judge
3 June 2013 - by Antony Starza-Allen
A UK High Court judge has said applications for parental orders in international surrogacy cases should be encouraged and made promptly... [Read More]
Radio Review: The Life Scientific - Linda Partridge
3 June 2013 - by Matthew Thomas
Nothing is certain, the old saying goes, except death and taxes. Professor Dame Linda Partridge is working on the former... [Read More]

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