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CONTENTS Issue #745
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Ethics around womb transplantation
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Ethics around womb transplantation
10 March 2014 - by Dr Kevin Grimes
Ethics is about communication, and this is true when looking back on our ethical discussion of womb transplantation... [Read More]
Embryo transfer for four women after womb transplants
10 March 2014 - by Dr Barbara Kramarz
Four women who had womb transplants have had embryos transferred in an attempt to become pregnant... [Read More]
Researchers move closer to growing human ear from stem cells
10 March 2014 - by Dr Greg Ball
Researchers have developed a technique to grow cartilage structures from the stem cells found in human fat tissue. They hope that this will pave the way for ears and noses to be grown in the laboratory and used in transplants... [Read More]
Gene therapy could be 'functional cure' for HIV
10 March 2014 - by Dr Lanay Griessner
A potential HIV therapy where patients have their blood cells genetically modified to help them resist the virus is safe and promising as a treatment, say researchers after a small clinical trial... [Read More]
Gene mutation protects against type 2 diabetes
10 March 2014 - by Dr Linda Wijlaars
A rare gene mutation lowers the risk of type 2 diabetes by almost two-thirds, an international collaboration of scientists from the US and Sweden has found... [Read More]
Genome entrepreneur Craig Venter launches 'healthy ageing' startup
10 March 2014 - by Antony Starza-Allen
Dr Craig Venter, founder of Celera Genomics and one of the first to sequence the human genome, has teamed up with stem cell pioneer Dr Robert Hariri and X Prize Foundation founder, Dr Peter Diamandi... [Read More]
Experts back maternal blood test for Down's syndrome
10 March 2014 - by Dr Victoria Burchell
A test using a simple blood sample from the expectant mother should soon be the primary screening method for Down's syndrome, according to a report from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG)... [Read More]
High Court rules that widow can keep husband's sperm
10 March 2014 - by Chee Hoe Low
A widow has won a legal battle to keep her late husband's sperm preserved for future use... [Read More]
DIY surrogacy leaves intended mother with no parental rights
10 March 2014 - by Patricia Cassidy
A 'do it yourself' surrogacy agreement resulted in legal chaos after the intended parents' relationship broke down within a few months of the baby's birth, leaving the intended mother with no parental rights over the child... [Read More]
Event Review: Patently Obvious?
10 March 2014 - by Ari Haque
As part of the British Library's TalkScience season, a panel of eminent speakers to discussed the role of patents in biomedicine... [Read More]
Event Review: Genetics and the Prospect of Personalised Medicine for Obesity
10 March 2014 - by Dr James Heather
The media likes to push the idea that the obesity epidemic is fuelled entirely by our increasingly well-fed and sedentary lives, which makes the opportunity to hear solid evidence for the other side of the equation refreshing... [Read More]

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