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CONTENTS Issue #769
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Book Review: The Science of Human Perfection - How Genes Became the Heart of American Medicine
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'My life was a lie': What does Emma Cresswell's story tell us about donor conception and fatherhood?
1 September 2014 - by Dr Jonathan Ives
Emma Cresswell, The Telegraph tells us, 'fought a six-year battle to have the man she thought was her father removed from her birth certificate' and now reportedly hopes that others will follow her example... [Read More]
Gene linked to alcohol dependence
1 September 2014 - by Dr Linda Wijlaars
Mice lacking a gene called NF1 are less prone to excessive drinking in an animal model, scientists have found. When the researchers looked at the same gene in humans, they found that variations in NF1 are linked with increased risk and severity of alcoholism... [Read More]
Ebola virus is mutating fast, gene studies find
1 September 2014 - by Siobhan Chan
The ebola virus has accumulated hundreds of mutations since the beginning of the current outbreak, researchers analysing the viral genome have found... [Read More]
No sign of STAP cells so far in validation experiments
1 September 2014 - by Dr Nicoletta Charolidi
Efforts to replicate the STAP cell findings have not been successful so far, the RIKEN Institute has reported... [Read More]
Thai Prime Minister promises 'leniency' and 'case-by-case' approach in surrogacy crackdown
1 September 2014 - by Rebecca Carr
Thailand's military junta has pledged a transitional period of leniency in cases of babies born to surrogate mothers, as it prepares to tighten its laws on the country's surrogacy industry.... [Read More]
Swiss and Italian courts move towards parental rights for same-sex couples
1 September 2014 - by Antony Starza-Allen
Judges in two European countries with restrictive laws governing IVF and surrogacy have taken steps towards recognising non-biological parents in same-sex relationships as the legal parents of children born through assisted conception.... [Read More]
Book Review: The Science of Human Perfection - How Genes Became the Heart of American Medicine
1 September 2014 - by James Storm
Surrounding yourself with books and journal articles on human enhancement will see you encounter the word 'eugenics' on a regular basis. The unfortunate thing about this word is that it has become bound to a particularly nasty piece of world history - and for many people this association is a reason to wince, whilst rejecting whichever idea or theory it is trying to re-associate itself with today.... [Read More]

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