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Informal sperm donation and introduction websites: a case for more regulation?
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Informal sperm donation and introduction websites: a case for more regulation?
19 August 2013 - by Haema Sundram
The recent judgment handed down in the case of M v F and H [2013] on 5 July highlights difficulties with regard to legal parentage in cases of informal donor situations, which are not regulated by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA)... [Read More]
Genetic mapping reveals origins of cancer
19 August 2013 - by Dr Sarah Spain
A team of researchers has comprehensively charted the genetic 'signatures' of processes that drive tumour development for the first time... [Read More]
Pair of genes linked to severe childhood epilepsy
19 August 2013 - by James Brooks
Two genetic variants have been pinpointed by researchers as causing two of the most severe forms of childhood epilepsy... [Read More]
Actor Jason Patric fights for sperm donor rights
19 August 2013 - by Ari Haque
Jason Patric, an actor best known for his role in 'The Lost Boys', has appeared before California lawmakers in support of a bill that would allow sperm donors to apply for parental rights.... [Read More]
Cancer-killing cells work well in mice
19 August 2013 - by Siobhan Chan
Human stem cells have been reprogrammed to form cancer-targeting immune cells that were shown to stop tumour growth in mice... [Read More]
Human stem cells make mouse heart beat again
19 August 2013 - by Dr Katie Howe
A mouse heart was able to contract again after its own cells were removed and replaced with human stem cells, a study in Nature Communications reports... [Read More]
Mediterranean diet reduces stroke risk for diabetes gene carriers
19 August 2013 - by Dr Lux Fatimathas
Claims for the health benefits of the typically Mediterranean diet high in olive oil, fish, and complex carbohydrates are common, if hard to substantiate... [Read More]
California: Bill to allow women to sell eggs for research is vetoed
19 August 2013 - by Cait McDonagh
The Governor of California, Jerry Brown, has vetoed a bill that would have allowed women to sell their eggs for medical research... [Read More]
Infertility in married couples has declined over last 30 years, says US report
19 August 2013 - by David O'Rourke
A US Government report shows that six percent of married couples in the USA have problems conceiving, down from 8.5 percent in a similar report three decades ago... [Read More]
Book Review: Reproductive Politics - What Everyone Needs to Know
19 August 2013 - by Jennie Bristow
For anyone with an interest in reproductive healthcare, 'Reproductive Politics: What everyone needs to know' is a treasure trove of information and insight. This accessible, short(ish) book manages to cover everything from abortion and contraception to assisted reproductive technologies, childbirth, breastfeeding and disability... [Read More]
Book Review: Telling and Talking with Friends and Family/Our Family
19 August 2013 - by Sarah Norcross
These Donor Conception Network booklets can certainly help with preparing to tell friends and family about donor conception, but it's a shame that there is a need for people to be told how to be considerate to others and that there still seems to be a stigma attached to infertility... [Read More]

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