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CONTENTS Issue #741
Film Review: Fonzy
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Questions relating to 'mitochondrial replacement'
10 February 2014 - by Dr Calum MacKellar
Those who are concerned about mitochondrial replacement techniques do not have any less compassion than those who believe that such procedures should be introduced: they just remain to be convinced that all the biological risks have been sufficiently addressed... [Read More]
General Scheme of a Children and Family Relationships Bill
10 February 2014 - by Fiona Duffy
Despite the lack of legislation and a regulatory framework in assisted conception, fertility treatment has been widely available in Ireland for many years. But in the absence of legislation, fertility clinics will not provide surrogacy services and many Irish couples requiring the use of a surrogate have, as a result, gone abroad... [Read More]
Poll: One in four think 40 is too old for IVF
10 February 2014 - by Patricia Cassidy
A recent poll conducted ahead of a television documentary has shown that one quarter of respondents believed women should stop trying to 'trying to bring babies into the world' past the age of 40... [Read More]
Patients worried after sudden closure of Irish IVF clinic
10 February 2014 - by Chee Hoe Low
The sudden closure of an Irish IVF clinic has left patients unable to access their medical files, with some claiming that they are owed substantial amounts of money, reports the Irish Independent.... [Read More]
Irish Supreme Court considers surrogacy parenthood appeal
10 February 2014 - by Ayesha Ahmad
The Irish Supreme Court has heard an appeal over surrogacy parenthood, reserving its decision for a later date.... [Read More]
Pain sensitivity genes can be switched on or off depending on environment
10 February 2014 - by Claire Downes
Lifestyle and environmental factors can alter sensitivity to pain by switching certain genes on or off, according to research from King’s College London... [Read More]
Diabetes reversed in mice by using stem cells
10 February 2014 - by Chris Hardy
Stem cells have reversed the equivalent of type 1 diabetes in genetically modified mice. Using skin cells as a starting point, researchers formed pancreas precursor cells that produced insulin when injected into mice... [Read More]
Whole genome testing used to guide breast cancer treatment
10 February 2014 - by Dr Barbara Kramarz
Whole genome testing has been used to guide tailored treatment against advanced breast cancer in a group of 43 patients. The scientists behind the study say their research is a step on the path towards 'personalised medicine' where individual genetic makeup informs treatment choice... [Read More]
Film Review: Fonzy
10 February 2014 - by James Brooks
Fonzy doesn't so much apply the formula of sperm-donor comedy 'Starbuck' as drop it like a concrete slab on an entirely different cultural context... [Read More]

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