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CONTENTS Issue #730 (11 November 2013)
COMMENT
An inconvenient truth: ICSI is not necessary for the majority of IVF patients
NEWS DIGEST
REVIEWS
Event Review: Darwin Lecture on Science and Medicine
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An inconvenient truth: ICSI is not necessary for the majority of IVF patients
11 November 2013 - by Dr Steven Fleming
Despite the views of several IVF experts that intra-cytoplasmic sperm injection is overused in IVF, it continues unabated. So why is nobody listening?... [Read More]
Clinical-stage gene therapy company launched
11 November 2013 - by Dr Naqash Raja
The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia has invested US $50 million in a biotech start-up in an effort to commercialise gene therapy... [Read More]
Genetic 'fountain of youth' heals wounds in mice
11 November 2013 - by Dr Nicola Davis
A gene normally only expressed in embryos has been shown to improve tissue repair in adult mice... [Read More]
Call for volunteers for open-access genome project
11 November 2013 - by Simon Hazelwood-Smith
The UK branch of the Personal Genome Project has launched, with the aim of sequencing the genomes of 100,000 British volunteers... [Read More]
IVF less successful for ethnic minorities, study finds
11 November 2013 - by Dr Linda Wijlaars
The outcome of fertility treatment may be influenced by the ethnicity of the mother, a UK study has found... [Read More]
China: Shanghai smog to blame for subpar sperm, says clinic head
11 November 2013 - by Dr Rachel Brown
High levels of air pollution are to blame for a distinct drop in semen quality in Shanghai, according to the doctor who runs the city's main sperm bank... [Read More]
Accurate editing of human DNA now possible, say scientists
11 November 2013 - by Dr Anna Cauldwell
A molecular technique that enables any part of the human genome to be altered with extreme precision has been hailed by scientists as a breakthrough in genetics... [Read More]
Lesbian egg donor granted parental rights by Florida Supreme Court
11 November 2013 - by María Victoria Rivas Llanos
The Florida Supreme Court has recognised the parental rights of non-birth, biological mothers in same-sex relationships, under both the Florida and US constitutions.... [Read More]
Event Review: Darwin Lecture on Science and Medicine
11 November 2013 - by Dr James Heather
The chance to watch a lecture from a Nobel laureate is always exciting. Throw in a couple of scientific societies that clock up over 400 years of history between them, and you can practically feel the prestige dripping from the ceiling... [Read More]

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