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CONTENTS Issue #777
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Welcome to BioNews by email, published by the Progress Educational Trust, providing you with news, comment and reviews on genetics, assisted conception, embryo/stem cell research and related areas. 

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Company-sponsored egg freezing: perk or coercion?
27 October 2014 - by Heidi Mertes
Facebook and Apple's recently announced plans make egg-freezing sound like an insurance plan for women wanting to build their careers, but should be viewed as a last resort.... [Read More]
Look north: Better Together but fertility 'devo max' in Scotland is a good thing
27 October 2014 - by Dr Sarah Martins da Silva
As a consultant clinician working in one of the four NHS tertiary fertility units in Scotland, I was somewhat surprised to read the objection from the Association of Clinical Embryologists about proposed plans to devolve legislative powers for fertility treatment to the Scottish Government... [Read More]
Paralysed man begins recovery after nasal cell transplant
27 October 2014 - by Dr Shanya Sivakumaran
A man who was paralysed from the chest down has begun to walk again, with the use of a frame, following the transplantation of cells into his spinal cord... [Read More]
Alcohol good, coffee bad, vegetables debatable – men's route to successful conception
27 October 2014 - by Isobel Steer
To improve chances of conception, men should drink a pint of beer daily, cut down on coffee, eat more fruit and vegetables (beware a coating of sperm-harming pesticides), and avoid vegetarian or vegan diets... [Read More]
Gene variant protects Latin-American women from breast cancer
27 October 2014 - by Arit Udoh
Latin American women are less likely to have breast cancer because of an inherited genetic trait, a study suggests... [Read More]
Miniature human stem-cell-derived gut grown in mice
27 October 2014 - by Siobhan Chan
A section of functioning human intestine has been transplanted into mice, giving scientists a new model with which to study intestinal diseases... [Read More]
NICE releases fertility quality standard, says postcode lottery is 'completely unacceptable'
27 October 2014 - by Sean Byrne
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has published a quality standard that aims to bring an end to a 'postcode lottery' in the provision of fertility services on the NHS, which it says is restricting access to treatment.... [Read More]
'Safe and cheap' IVF uses in-body incubator
27 October 2014 - by Dr Linda Wijlaars
An IVF method using an in-body incubator is safe and effective, research presented at the American Society for Reproductive Medicine annual meeting shows... [Read More]

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