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CONTENTS Issue #789
Book Review: Relatedness in Assisted Reproduction - Families, Origins and Identities
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German court decision raises more questions than answers
9 February 2015 - by Dr Petra Thorn
On 28 January this year the German Federal Court of Justice decided in a landmark court case that donor conceived people have the right to access the identity of their donor - independent of the offspring’s age... [Read More]
Mitochondrial Donation: Is It Safe? Is It Ethical?
9 February 2015 - by Dr Rachel Montgomery
Held at the Houses of Parliament, and organised by the Progress Educational Trust (the charity that publishes BioNews), this public debate was well attended. With all the chairs taken and many more people standing, people clearly felt it was important to discuss these issues... [Read More]
MPs vote overwhelmingly in favour of mitochondrial donation
4 February 2015 - by Sandy Starr
The House of Commons voted by 382 to 128 to pass regulations permitting mitochondrial donation, a majority of 254... [Read More]
Obama puts $215 million price tag on precision medicine plan
9 February 2015 - by Dr Nicola Davis
The US President, Barack Obama, has revealed details of a multi-agency personalised medicine research plan... [Read More]
Human cells have their clock put back
9 February 2015 - by Chris Baldacci
Scientists have developed a technique to lengthen telomeres - the 'caps' on the end of chromosomes that protect DNA - in human cells in the lab, increasing the cells' lifespan... [Read More]
Two new breast cancer genetic risk factors identified
9 February 2015 - by Dr Rachael Panizzo
An international research collaboration analysing the DNA of 100,000 women has identified two new genetic variants that are associated with an increased risk of the most common form of breast cancer... [Read More]
Breast cancer recurrence gene test gets NHS go-ahead
9 February 2015 - by Dr Molly Godfrey
A genetic test to estimate the chance of breast cancer recurrence after surgery is set to become more widely available on the NHS.... [Read More]
Methylation may mediate mortality
9 February 2015 - by Dr Greg Ball
Our DNA harbours a biological clock that can help predict how long a person will live, research suggests... [Read More]
Scientists find possible cause for IVF implantation failure
9 February 2015 - by Dr Katie Howe
Researchers have identified a biological process that may cause the failure of embryos to attach to the uterus wall during IVF, raising the possibility of future treatments... [Read More]
Book Review: Relatedness in Assisted Reproduction - Families, Origins and Identities
9 February 2015 - by Antony Starza-Allen
This collection of interdisciplinary perspectives and empirical observations on the meanings that are attached to a concept of 'relatedness' in fertility treatment is an important read for anyone involved in assisted conception... [Read More]

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