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CONTENTS Issue #711
The sun still hasn't set on gene patents
Legal update: Informed consent - are you informed?
Event Review: Motherhood All Change - Surrogacy Revisited
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The sun still hasn't set on gene patents
1 July 2013 - by Dr Michael Hopkins and Dr Stuart Hogarth
Last week saw the conclusion of the long-running gene patent lawsuit known as AMP v. Myriad Genetics. At stake was the patentability of isolated DNA sequences... [Read More]
Legal update: Informed consent - are you informed?
1 July 2013 - by Marisa Allman
It is a licence condition for all UK fertility clinics that treatment using embryos or donated gametes shall not be provided unless the woman being treated, and any man or woman being treated with her, have been given a suitable opportunity to receive proper counselling and have been provided with relevant information... [Read More]
UK Government backs mitochondrial replacement
1 July 2013 - by Dr Rosie Morley
The UK Government is to support the introduction of mitochondrial replacement therapy. The IVF-based procedure could allow women with mitochondrial disease the opportunity to have healthy children, by replacing their own, faulty, mitochondria with healthy mitochondria from a donor.... [Read More]
Japan's health ministry approves pluripotent stem cell research
28 June 2013 - by Rhys Baker
A Japanese Health Ministry panel has approved the first use of induced pluripotent stem cells (iPS cells) in human trials... [Read More]
Five 'new' migraine risk genes identified
28 June 2013 - by Dr Amina Aitsi-Selmi
Five genetic regions not previously associated with migraine have been linked to the condition, according to an international group of researchers... [Read More]
Birth defect gene linked to mental illness in mouse study
1 July 2013 - by Alison Cranage
Gene mutations that can cause major birth defects may also cause more subtle disruptions in the brain and contribute to psychiatric disorders, according to a study published in PLOS ONE... [Read More]
Gene defect 'switched off' in human tissue
1 July 2013 - by Simon Hazelwood-Smith
Scientists have for the first time been able to switch on and off the effects of a genetic disease, myotonic dystrophy, in human muscle tissue... [Read More]
Persistent asthma later in life linked to high number of risk genes
28 June 2013 - by Dr James Heather
Asthmatics carrying several genetic variations associated with asthma are more likely to have a severe, longer lasting disease, research shows... [Read More]
Event Review: Motherhood All Change - Surrogacy Revisited
1 July 2013 - by Dr Kirsty Horsey
This surrogacy study-day was a chance to (re)discover hot topics in surrogacy and engage in some collective re-imagining of the ethical and legal problems it poses... [Read More]

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