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CONTENTS Issue #740
Theatre review: How to be Immortal
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How to make a mouse from scratch: a few drops of blood, one pinch of salt, and a drop of vinegar…
3 February 2014 - by Dr Dusko Ilic
This apparent witch's recipe is how a group of Japanese scientists have generated new mice: a remarkable finding that proves that true greatness lies in simplicity... [Read More]
Changing perceptions, changing lives: commissioning fertility services in the age of austerity
3 February 2014 - by Mark Johnson
In 2011, the All Party Parliamentary Group on Infertility found that over 70 percent of NHS Primary Care Trusts were not providing the recommended three full cycles of IVF to eligible couples. Three years later, there has been a very real and very disappointing lack of progress... [Read More]
Autoimmune diseases may stem from Neanderthal genes
3 February 2014 - by Dr Anna Cauldwell
Genes linked with type 2 diabetes, Crohn's disease and even smoking addiction were acquired through interbreeding with Neanderthals, a study published in Nature suggests... [Read More]
Israeli surrogacy crisis moves to resolution while Health Ministry supports law change for gay couples
3 February 2014 - by Rebecca Carr
Israel has issued its first passport to a baby born to a Thai surrogate, after the intended parents protested against the Government's refusal to grant the child Israeli citizenship... [Read More]
Acid bath converts blood cells to stem cells
3 February 2014 - by Dr Lanay Griessner
Stem cells have been created from mouse blood cells using a simple and quick method described as 'remarkable' by experts... [Read More]
Pregnancy hope for womb transplant patient
3 February 2014 - by Dr Barbara Kramarz
A womb transplant recipient is set to become pregnant after doctors successfully transferred an embryo into the transplanted uterus. If the embryo embeds and the pregnancy is successful, the baby will become the first child born following a womb transplant.... [Read More]
Out-of-court settlement for girl conceived with abnormal donor sperm
3 February 2014 - by Nina Chohan
A London fertility clinic has settled a claim over a 4-year-old girl who was born with a genetic defect after a mix-up in the sperm used in her conception... [Read More]
Medical experts question wisdom of expanding IVF access
3 February 2014 - by Chris Hardy
Fertility experts have warned that IVF is overused and is too often recommended to couples who may not need it... [Read More]
Ireland publishes draft surrogacy legislation
3 February 2014 - by Antony Starza-Allen
The Irish Government has agreed to put forward proposals for a wide-ranging bill that features provisions on surrogacy and parenthood for consultation... [Read More]
Theatre review: How to be Immortal
3 February 2014 - by Simon Hazelwood-Smith
This was a play about death; how people cope with it, how they grieve and how they remember. It was also a play about love and relationships, finding inspiration in unexpected places and also about science, genetics and the story of Henrietta Lacks' cells... [Read More]

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