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CONTENTS Issue #727
23 and your sperm donor?
Event Review: The Human Egg Trade
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23 and your sperm donor?
21 October 2013 - by Dr Ruth Stirton
23andMe describes its Inheritance Calculator as an engaging way for their clients to 'dip their toes into genetics' providing an opportunity to explore the 'fun traits like eye colour and muscle performance'[2] that their offspring might inherit.... [Read More]
Mitochondrial replacement IVF: discussions begin in USA
21 October 2013 - by Ruth Saunders
The health regulator in the USA is considering whether clinical trials of mitochondrial replacement techniques should go ahead.... [Read More]
The Cancer Genome Atlas pinpoints 127 mutations driving cancer growth
21 October 2013 - by Dr Naqash Raja
Common gene mutations link 12 cancer types such as blood, colon and kidney, research from Washington University School of Medicine, USA, has shown... [Read More]
Five million births from IVF: study published
21 October 2013 - by Suzanne Elvidge
Since the birth of Louise Brown in July 1978, five million babies have been born with the help of IVF and other assisted reproductive technologies... [Read More]
Use of donor eggs on rise in USA
21 October 2013 - by María Victoria Rivas Llanos
More and more IVF patients are using donor eggs, according to a study carried out in the USA... [Read More]
'Cheaper, safer' IVF trialled
21 October 2013 - by Dr Rachel Montgomery
An IVF method that claims to be cheaper and safer than conventional methods may give older women a greater chance of pregnancy, according to a study... [Read More]
Easy on the bacon for good-looking sperm
21 October 2013 - by Dr Katie Howe
Regularly eating processed meats such as bacon may have a detrimental effect on sperm quality, a small US study suggests... [Read More]
Outcry over government adviser's claim that educational achievement is genetic
21 October 2013 - by Sandy Starr
An adviser to the UK Government has provoked an outcry by arguing that there is a significant genetic basis for children's educational achievement... [Read More]
Event Review: The Human Egg Trade
21 October 2013 - by Rebecca Carr
For me, this extremely interesting Cafe Scientifique debate on the human egg trade in Canada shed light on many of the ongoing ethical concerns that seem to torment parties engaged in this field... [Read More]

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