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CONTENTS Issue #746
UK surrogacy gone wrong
Event Review: Bio-Revolution
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UK surrogacy gone wrong
17 March 2014 - by Louisa Ghevaert
A recent case made national headlines for being a 'do it yourself' surrogacy arrangement which ended in marital breakdown and legal chaos, but news reports did not fully address the complex issues raised in the case about the identity and best interests of the child... [Read More]
Conservative MP says mitochondrial donation will produce 'genetically modified children'
17 March 2014 - by Dr Louisa Petchey
The Conservative MP for North East Somerset, Jacob Rees-Mogg, has said that mitochondrial donation will produce 'genetically modified children' with 'three parents', and was 'effectively cloning'... [Read More]
There's a new 'fat gene' in town...
17 March 2014 - by Dr Rosie Morley
Scientists have identified a gene called IRX3 which is associated with obesity and may emerge as a serious contender as the most important 'fat gene' yet discovered... [Read More]
Mutations identified for severe developmental disease found among Moroccan Jews
17 March 2014 - by Dr Rachel Montgomery
Researchers have pinpointed two genetic mutations behind a severe developmental disease seen in children of Moroccan Jewish descent... [Read More]
HFEA will not appeal frozen sperm ruling
17 March 2014 - by Nishat Hyder
Beth Warren's legal battle to keep her late husband's frozen sperm has finally ended following the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority's announcement that it will not appeal the High Court ruling in Mrs Warren's favour... [Read More]
Institute may retract stem cell acid bath paper
17 March 2014 - by Chris Hardy
The Japanese research centre responsible for two stem cell experiments published in January has admitted that it may have to retract the papers, as the investigation into research misconduct in relation to the two articles continues... [Read More]
Hurdles ahead for whole genome sequencing
17 March 2014 - by Chee Hoe Low
Genome sequencing technology struggles to capture the complete genome accurately and reliably, a small study has found... [Read More]
Myriad's initial bid to block competitor's gene tests fails
17 March 2014 - by Patricia Cassidy
Myriad Genetics has failed to obtain a preliminary injunction to prevent a competitor, Ambry Genetics, from offering BRCA-related genetic testing products... [Read More]
Event Review: Bio-Revolution
17 March 2014 - by Chris Hardy
At the Science Museum's 'drinking and thinking' event, visitors extracted DNA from strawberries and discussed genome sequencing in the NHS... [Read More]

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