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CONTENTS Issue #726
The Regenerative Medicine Expert Group: Watchmen watching watchmen?
Event review: Genetic Testing in Assisted Reproduction - Selecting, Not Perfecting?
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The Regenerative Medicine Expert Group: Watchmen watching watchmen?
14 October 2013 - by Julian Hitchcock
Since the Coalition came to power, we've grown used to its backing of science and technology. So, when the Government published its response to the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee Inquiry into Regenerative Medicine last week, there was barely a murmur from the sector as recommendation after recommendation was endorsed and translated into action.... [Read More]
Womb scratching could improve IVF birth rate
14 October 2013 - by Chris Baldacci
A procedure that uses a biopsy tool called a pipelle to 'scratch' the endometrial lining has been found to increase the chance of a pregnancy and live birth as a result of IVF... [Read More]
Mitochondrial replacement 'incompatible with human dignity', say European MPs
14 October 2013 - by Dr Rosie Morley
A group of European parliamentarians has criticised UK proposals to legislate for mitochondrial replacement therapy, calling it 'a eugenic practice'... [Read More]
'Til our genes do us part: secret to a happy marriage may lie in DNA
14 October 2013 - by Dr Lanay Griessner
Researchers in the USA may have come up with some of the first evidence linking genes, emotion and marital satisfaction... [Read More]
Is pessimism gene too good to be true?
14 October 2013 - by Dr Charlotte Warren-Gash
People who perceive the world negatively may be genetically predisposed to do so, a study suggests... [Read More]
Testicular cancer risk gene protects skin from sun damage
14 October 2013 - by Dr Linda Wijlaars
A specific gene variant more common in caucasian men that protects skin cells from UV damage has been associated with an increased risk of testicular cancer, a study has found... [Read More]
Self-renewing stem cells could be 'infinite source' of liver and pancreas cells
14 October 2013 - by Dr Greg Ball
Large-scale production of liver and pancreas cells is becoming a possibility, as scientists have developed a cell culture method allowing stem cells to grow in the laboratory... [Read More]
Event review: Genetic Testing in Assisted Reproduction - Selecting, Not Perfecting?
14 October 2013 - by Dr James Heather
We had almost made it through the speakers when it happened, just before the break. It was the last speaker who did it. It was Dr Joyce Harper who said what I'd been waiting for, and dropped the Gattaca bomb... [Read More]

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