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CONTENTS Issue #724
Hype, hope and headlines
Surrogacy: What is so brilliant about 'Brilliant Beginnings'?
Course Review: Epigenetic Control of Gene Expression
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Hype, hope and headlines
30 September 2013 - by Dr Gabrielle Samuel
This event was designed to promote debate about how and when fertility research should be reported in the media, and to ask the question 'where does the responsibility lie to ensure that such reporting is not hyped?' And that it did... [Read More]
Surrogacy: What is so brilliant about 'Brilliant Beginnings'?
30 September 2013 - by Dr Amel Alghrani and Dr Danielle Griffiths
Surrogacy law is a mess and no longer fit for practice. As increasing numbers resort to the use of international surrogates or the 'murky waters' of the World Wide Web to find a surrogate, the law is relegated to cleaning up the aftermath... [Read More]
Forget-me-now: Memory loss gene found in mice
30 September 2013 - by Rhys Baker
Whether painful memories linger or fade may be down to the expression of a single gene, according to researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA... [Read More]
Mixed messages on surrogacy maternity leave from European court
30 September 2013 - by Dr Louisa Petchey
Uncertainty in EU law over the issue of surrogacy and the right to paid maternity leave deepened this week after expert advisors to the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) gave opposing recommendations on separate but similar cases.... [Read More]
'Pan-cancer' genome studies spot patterns across tumour types
30 September 2013 - by Daryl Ramai
Molecular similarities among different tumour types have been identified, revealing new ways to classify cancer... [Read More]
Only one in five 'hospital superbug' cases caught in hospital, sequencing study reveals
30 September 2013 - by Matthew Thomas
DNA sequencing of Clostridium difficile samples reveals that the dangerous bacteria, which was previously predominantly transmitted in hospital, is now mostly being caught outside... [Read More]
Stem cell 'seeding' could improve reconstructive surgery
30 September 2013 - by Claire Downes
Transplanting people's own stem cells along with their fat could mean more stable transplants in reconstructive breast surgery, a small preliminary trial suggests... [Read More]
Gene test to determine breast cancer treatment gets approval
30 September 2013 - by David O'Rourke
A new genetic test that can estimate the risk of breast cancer in women returning after surgery has been approved for use in the NHS.... [Read More]
Illinois courts consider embryo dispute
30 September 2013 - by Antony Starza-Allen
A woman in the USA is embroiled in a legal battle with her former partner over the use of cryopreserved embryos... [Read More]
Course Review: Epigenetic Control of Gene Expression
30 September 2013 - by Marco Narajos
There is definitely great scope for expansion in genetics education through online courses, but these should be tailored towards the student's pace, however leisurely that might be... [Read More]

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