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CONTENTS Issue #742
What are the best interests of the child in international surrogacy?
Book Review: G is for Genes - The Impact of Genetics on Education and Achievement
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What are the best interests of the child in international surrogacy?
17 February 2014 - by Professor Eric Blyth, Dr Marilyn Crawshaw and Professor Olga van den Akker
As the surrogacy industry grows, so too do calls from parts of the consumer lobby, fertility industry and others for a loosening of international and domestic restraints on surrogacy arrangements... [Read More]
Mitochondrial clock used to predict worm lifespan
17 February 2014 - by Chris Baldacci
A technique that accurately predicts the lifespan of nematode worms has been developed by scientists monitoring mitochondrial activity... [Read More]
Womb 'entrance exam' determines whether embryos implant
17 February 2014 - by Dr Shanya Sivakumaran
An 'entrance exam' set by the cells that line the womb can determine whether or not human embryos are able to implant into the womb's lining, according to researchers... [Read More]
Gene that links intelligence and grey matter found
17 February 2014 - by Chee Hoe Low
A gene associated with thinner grey matter, which contributes to lower intellectual ability, has been identified by scientists... [Read More]
Canada: Three parents listed on baby's birth certificate
17 February 2014 - by Patricia Cassidy
A three-month-old baby has become the first child in British Columbia, Canada, to have three legal parents on their birth certificate after new legislation came into force last year... [Read More]
Leukaemia patient in remission after umbilical cord stem cell transplant
17 February 2014 - by Dr Barbara Kramarz
A leukaemia patient in the UK, previously given up to 18 months to live, is now in remission after transplant of stem cells from two babies' umbilical cords. [Read More]
Homosexuality is inherited, says psychology study
17 February 2014 - by Chris Hardy
Genetics plays a role in male sexual orientation but social and environmental factors are also involved, research suggests... [Read More]
Future of the UK's bioscience advisory body in doubt
17 February 2014 - by Antony Starza-Allen
The future of the Government's advisory body on emerging scientific developments is in doubt after a decision has been made not to renew appointments when they come to an end in the coming months.... [Read More]
Book Review: G is for Genes - The Impact of Genetics on Education and Achievement
17 February 2014 - by Dr John Gillott
The last few months of 2013 featured a good deal of public, policy and even Parliamentary debate on genetics, education, and IQ... [Read More]

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