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CONTENTS Issue #709
New frontiers in posthumous reproduction
After the tyranny of the embryo?
Book Review: An Introduction to the Genetics and Epigenetics of Human Disease
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New frontiers in posthumous reproduction
17 June 2013 - by Hila Rimon-Greenspan and Vardit Ravitsky
The permissive approach of the Israeli courts to allow posthumous conception is ethically justified and even commendable. By choosing 'a sperm with a past', a woman guarantees her prospective child a known genetic origin, as well as an opportunity to benefit from the love and the support of grandparents and an extended family... [Read More]
After the tyranny of the embryo?
17 June 2013 - by Dr John Gillott
In her commentary in BioNews 707, Professor Alison Murdoch highlighted what she described as cultural problems affecting fertility treatment in the UK. In this commentary I consider some related cultural and governmental issues for embryo research.... [Read More]
Men 'caused menopause' by seeking younger women
17 June 2013 - by Dr Lucy Spain
Men's preference for younger partners has led to the development of the menopause in women, according to a recently published theory in PLOS Computational Biology.... [Read More]
US Supreme Court: Human DNA is a 'product of nature' and cannot be patented
17 June 2013 - by Dr Sarah Spain
The US Supreme Court has unanimously rejected a number of patent claims made by Myriad Genetics on isolated forms of two genes, BRCA1 and BRCA2, associated with an increased risk of breast and ovarian cancer.... [Read More]
Stem cells could help amputated fingertips regrow
17 June 2013 - by Dr Amina Aitsi-Selmi
Stem cells in the nail bed may be the key to regenerating amputated fingertips, if a study on mice is anything to go by... [Read More]
The eyes have it: gene therapy delivered to retina in mice
17 June 2013 - by Rhys Baker
A 'non-invasive' method for delivering gene therapy into the eye has been developed by US researchers... [Read More]
Paralympic cyclist's rare condition diagnosed with gene sequencing
17 June 2013 - by Purvi Shah
The genetic mutation behind a UK paracyclist's mystery condition has been identified by an international team of scientists... [Read More]
First IVF provider to be floated on stock market sees early share price boost
17 June 2013 - by Jessica Ware
The first IVF business to be listed on the stock market enjoyed a buoyant first day of trading on the Australian exchange. Shares in Virtus Health closed 8.5 percent above their starting price, which was already set at the top end of an indicative range... [Read More]
Director of the Science Media Centre awarded OBE
17 June 2013 - by Sandy Starr
Fiona Fox, director of the Science Media Centre charity, has been awarded an OBE for services to science... [Read More]
Book Review: An Introduction to the Genetics and Epigenetics of Human Disease
17 June 2013 - by Holly Rogers
A beginner's tour guide through genetics and epigenetics, this booklet covers much of the fundamental biology behind genetic illness and gives a broad overview of some of the biggest challenges currently faced by researchers in the field. It does not assume any previous knowledge, and gives clear, concise summaries of key historical figures and theories, including a very useful glossary at the back.... [Read More]

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